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Nearly two-thirds of rugby players are affected by mental illness after retirement

December 12, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid

Nearly two-thirds of rugby players are affected by mental illness after retirement

Shocking new figures revealed in the Telegraph found that 62% of retired rugby players develop mental health problems.

The Head of the International Players Body described the statics compiled by the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) as ‘a major issue.’

The findings were based on a survey of approximately 200 retired rugby players. 52% said they felt they had no control over their lives two years after retiring, 46% said they were ‘unhappy with their preparation for life after sport’ and 50% said they faced financial difficulties in the first five years.

The RPA have implemented a personal development programme and appointed former Gloucester flanker Josh Frape as their Transition Manager to support and work with players approaching retirement.

The Rugby Players Association are now calling on the sporting community to increase the support for former players.

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Dissatisfied with care: Norfolk and Waveney mental health services

A survey by Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) found that 80% of people were unsatisfied with mental health services in Norfolk and Waveney.

40% of respondents did not know how to access mental health services.

According to the BBC, the ‘bed capacity is stretched,’ and there is difficulty recruiting staff.

A spokesman for the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk & Suffolk believes the problem stems from the organisation and financing of services in Norfolk and Waveney.

He said: ‘The problem is not so much the current model of care but rather inadequate commissioning, funding, management and supervision of mental health care.

‘Elsewhere in the country, properly run and financed services using a virtually identical model of care to that in Norfolk achieve outstanding ratings from CQC.’

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