In July, the Rugby Players Association (RPA), held a two-day Mental Health First Aid Training Course (MHFA), hosted by Gallagher Premiership Club Wasps
Staff and players attended the session over the two days, delivered by Mental Health First Aid instructor Ben Morris. The aim of delivering the licensed and accredited course was to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma around mental health and enhance a positive support culture in the club.
The course covered topics ranging from what is mental health, depression, suicide, and a clear action plan for mental health first aid. It encompassed four main sections:
- The concept and impact of Mental Health and Depression.
- Suicide and substance misuse.
- Anxiety disorders; self-harm; eating disorders and personality disorders.
- Psychosis and building a mentally healthy community.
The course is funded by the RPA, Premiership Rugby and the RFU, with the candidates a mix of current RPA members, senior coaching staff, and academy staff.
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