Why Mental Health
Player 1 was a former team mate. We only played together a couple of times when I was much younger. I remember a talented young kid full of potential. He went on to play at the elite level of the game.
Player 2 was a former opponent. We played the same position and I used to relish our encounters as he was one of the best around. In the true spirit of competition I wanted to test myself against the elite. He always brought the best out of me as a player.
Player 3 was another former opponent who I respected greatly and gave me great competition, but he did much more for me than that. At 30 years of age I’d become disillusioned with playing rugby and was on the brink of giving up. He gave me the confidence to strive for higher achievements. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the last 6 years of my career, where I played my best rugby without his encouragement and advice.
Sadly, these three guys are no longer with us.
Even though my playing career was relatively modest, I would be lying if I said that I took retirement smoothly. There was a period of time when I was trying to figure out what to do and there were definitely more questions than answers. I lost perspective and balance in my life.
I find that balance easier to achieve now through fitness challenges and travel goals but not everyone is able to. That is where Mental Health charities are available to help people through troubled times which I’m growing ever more sure that most of us go through at some point.