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None of you should suffer in silence, you are never alone when you walk,

So come on boys, share this hashtag

#TacklingStigma #ItTakesBallsToTalk

#TacklingStigma #ItTakesBallsToTalk in the valleys is a mental health campaign by Ystradgynlais Mind in affiliation with our local Rugby community featuring the voice of Michael Sheen.  This campaign is aimed at creating much needed conversation surrounding the mental health of men within the Welsh Rugby community.

In this land of our fathers, we are calling out to all ‘the boys’, our brothers, our uncles, our cousins, our sons.  We are asking you to tackle this stigma head on by joining our movement…

When we lose one of ‘our boys’, we always, always ask why? Nobody ever sees it coming… so get on board, we can beat this… give this a try…

Join our movement by following our pages and sharing this message as loudly and proudly as you possibly can.  If it saves just one life, then it’s a job well done.

#SilenceKills – Following a disproportionate rate of suicide within the community a collaborative initiative between Ystradgynlais Mind and local Rugby clubs has been born.

Evidence has shown that you (men) are less likely to reach out to ‘professionals’ when faced with feelings of depression and are instead far more likely to talk to your mates in more social settings, in the changing room, or even over a pint, in the club.

#SpeakYourMind – So, in light of this Ystradgynlais Mind has piloted the training of ‘mates’ in Mental Health First Aid to equip them with knowledge and skills to facilitate conversations in supporting those seeking help. Some coaches, referees, players and affiliated members of rugby clubs have already received training, but we welcome more to join this initiative.

If you are a club within the local area who would like to enquire about mental health first aid training, please CLICK HERE.

Should you require immediate support please see below useful contacts:

Samaritans – 116 123

Mind – 0300 1233 393

CALL 24/7 – 0800 132 737

NHS Direct – 111

Hafal – 01792 816600

Bipolar UK – 0333 3233 880

Platfform – 01656 647722

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide – 0800 068 4141

The CALMzone – 0800 585858

This campaign was brought to you by

Ystradgynlais Mind

(Charity reg: 1075400)

In affiliation with our local Rugby community

Yogits Vets Touch Rugby

Ystradgynlais RFC

Ystalyfera RFC

Abercrave RFC

Glais RFC

Cwmtwrch RFC

Cwmllynfell RFC

Video written and produced by

Donna James

Special thanks to Michael Sheen