Mental Health

What we’re going to do:

  1. Facilitate a support group to provide a safe space for people to come and share.
  2. Organise awareness and education sessions around some key mental health issues such as drug, alcohol, gambling and suicide.
  3. Promote Mental Health campaigns on our Thames Valley Rugby Union website.
  4. Be the conduit for New Zealand Rugby and District Health Board resources

Finding things tough: We all have times in our lives when things aren’t going the way we’d like.

Knowing the signs when you’re struggling, and learning strategies that can help make things easier is a good place to start. Head over to the HeadFirst to read about some of the common struggles we can all face and hear rugby players share their own experiences. For more info, visit: 



Nationwide 24-hour, 7 days a week counselling service.

Free to call 0800 543 354.


Talk to a trained counsellor who can discuss your situation and find you the right support/tautoko. Free to call 24/7 on 0800 111 757.


Provide support and help around understanding anxiety and peoples experiences. Free call available 24/7 on 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389).


A website for young New Zealanders to help understand depression and anxiety from their own perspectives. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt (5626).


Free, confidential and non-judgemental youth service. Free to call, 0800 376 633 or free text 234. You can also email them at


A free call and text service for New Zealanders feeling down, anxious, overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone.


Free phone counselling service for young people, 7 days a week from 1pm to 11pm. They also have a free online chat 7-11pm every day. Free to call 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787).


Being mentally fit can mean different things to different people, but for most it’s about being able to live your life with freedom and enjoyment. Coping with life’s ups and downs, recognising your potential, adapting to change and achieving your goals, are all key factors to being mentally fit.

Mental fitness is very similar to physical fitness. We train hard so that we can perform to the best of our ability. The same goes for our mental fitness. Making sure we have the skills and support we need to tackle challenges allows us to enjoy life more. Everyone has different ways of dealing with stress, as well as different amounts of stress they can cope with. The good news is that mental fitness is something everyone can grow and develop.