Harlequins has become the first professional rugby union club to sign the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation as the Harlequins Foundation launches its flagship mental health campaign, METTLE.
Mental health affects one in four people in the UK and through the METTLE campaign, the Harlequins Foundation will raise awareness of mental health issues, build the mental resilience of young people in the community, equip coaches to deal with mental health and well-being, and support the wellness of its staff and players.
METTLE will educate children and young people to deal with stressful and challenging times and situations. An innovative mental resilience programme will be trialled in local primary schools from September 2016, before being rolled out in January 2017.
The Harlequins Foundation is also hoping to develop a second pilot for 18-25 year olds in partnership with Richmond Borough MIND and South West London NHS Mental Health Trust, as part of Premiership Rugby’s new programme.
Victoria Hartley, Harlequins Head of Foundation said, “Harlequins and the Harlequins Foundation signed up the Charter to formalise the commitment we are making through our new mental health campaign, METTLE.”
“Having taken time to understand how and where we are best placed to make a difference, this exciting programme will draw on the resources, brand and experience of the Club, the players and staff, to build the mental resilience of young people whilst also raising awareness of the issues. We will also be looking at ways in which we can support and develop our own staff and players initially, and hope to reach out to fans over time as the campaign develops”
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