The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) in partnership with Zurich today launched a new mental wellbeing campaign entitled Tackle Your Feelings. The Campaign will see national and international rugby stars tell their own personal story of the issues they have faced in their own lives.
Ireland and Leinster front-row Jack McGrath speaks emotively about how he coped with the death of his brother to suicide in 2010 and Irish women’s player, Hannah Tyrrell, talks about how she overcame her struggles with self-harm and bulimia.
Research conducted by IRUPA demonstrated that although 95% of Irish adults think it’s important for them to be proactive in taking care of their mental wellbeing, almost 1 in 4 (22%) are unaware or have low levels of awareness in the ways they deal with stress and/or life challenges. 71% of adults still feel they would be treated differently people knew they had a mental health issue.
There is still a large proportion of us who do not tackle our feelings on a regular basis. 1 in 2 Irish adults have gone through a challenging life event and kept it to themselves.
Published 22/03/16 by Mark McCluskey