For the Players
For the game



One in four people in the UK will be affected by mental illness in any year, with the most common being depression and anxiety. Often the pressures and strains that can act as a catalyst to mental health issues are magnified for professional sportspeople.

From coping with injury and intense pressure to performing week in, week out, to facing constant media scrutiny and meeting the high expectations of fans, players experience a unique set of pressures. Despite a number of high-profile elite athletes speaking out about their own struggles with mental health, the stigma around these issues remains.

Don’t suffer in silence. Lift the weight.

Find out more about the RPA’s Lift the Weight campaign by clicking here:

Restart Rugby offers support from trained professionals to help former players cope with illness or injury, and the psychological and financial pressures of forced retirement from the game. We also fund the confidential counselling service through Cognacity that is offered to all current RPA player members.

If you are an RPA member, you can access 24/7 confidential counselling by contacting️ Cognacity on 01373 858 080.