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Kelso RFC Talking Mental Health

Kelso Rugby Football Club recognises the important role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of all it’s members and to #TackleTheStigma around mental health.

We are launching a new project as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 to help increase understanding of mental health and encourage Club members as well as the wider community to open up a conversation about their wellbeing. We aim to have an increased understanding and supportive attitude towards mental health as the club rebuilds and we enter the recovery phase of the Covid pandemic.

The video is the first in a three part series which explores mental health and suicide prevention, and is part of a wider partnership between Kelso RFC, Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders. Earlier in the year four members of Kelso RFC took part in Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention training to consider the positive impact that the Club can make on improving members’ wellbeing and the role of the wider club in tackling stigma.

We hope that the video will help members of the rugby club and wider community in the Borders have a better understanding of mental health and to start a conversation about what we as rugby clubs can do to support our members.

Three ways you can get involved:

· Share the video on social media, use #TackleTheStigma

· Take part in Scottish Rugby Union’s free mental health awareness e-learning course. This is relevant for players, coaches and volunteers and gives you the tools to support yourselves and others in the rugby community around mental health.

· Get involved in our work around mental health in the Club – contact Scott Forbes for more information


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