Tue 02 Nov 2021 20:01

At Dorking Rugby Club, we're passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of our members and players, with our Medical & Rehabilitation Centre providing top class facilities for player welfare from Minis through to Seniors.

Mental Health is as important as physical wellbeing, and we are committed to providing our rugby community with the support they need. We are working with local charity Dorking Minds we will be increasing the number of Adult and Adolescent Mental Health First Aiders at the club, with the aim of eventually having one per age group/playing squad.

As adults, we try and stay strong for our families and friends, but there will always be times when we feel a little more vulnerable.

It's OK to not be OK.

It's OK to talk and it's OK to ask for help.

We have people you can talk to confidentially, who will listen without judgement and who can offer support. Medical lead Melanie Thorn is the first point of contact - please click here. Other useful contacts/resources are set out below.

With large Minis, Youth and Girls' sections, we are only too aware of the pressures that young people face and the mental health crisis that has been escalated by the pandemic. We have qualified Adolescent Mental Health First Aiders within the club/coaching structure who are available to offer support and advice - please click here. Working with specialist teenage mental health provider Stem4 we intend to hold a series of presentations/webinars for parents and coaches, providing education on how to identify warning signs and advice on how to offer support and access appropriate services. Other useful contact and resources are below.

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