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Stewartry Rugby Club team up with Breathing Space helpline

Club News | 30th Jul 2019

Stewartry Rugby Club, one of Dumfries and Galloways leading rugby clubs for player development, have partnered with Breathing Space, Scotland’s mental health phoneline, to promote positive messages about mental health.

Mental wellbeing is a top priority for the coaches, players and staff associated with Stewartry Rugby Football Club. Joining forces with Breathing Space means the club will promote the phone service throughout the upcoming season, and spread the mental wellbeing message to members and the wider community.

Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator, said:

“It’s great to be working in partnership with Stewartry RFC to highlight the free and confidential support available from Breathing Space. Anyone can feel low or stressed, so it’s fantastic that players and staff are talking openly about mental health and highlighting services out there which can offer support to the wider community.”

With the Club’s 50th Anniversary approaching, it is an opportunity to look to the future, with a more holistic approach to wellbeing within the game.

Club President Robin Austin said:

“It’s great to be working together with Breathing Space. We want all our members, parents and sponsors to know that we not only want to look after their physical health but their mental wellbeing as well.

Our rugby community is well placed to take a lead in providing a caring environment where we all look out for one another.”

Breathing Space is a national phoneline which handles more than 7,500 calls each month. The helpline is staffed by over 40 fully trained advisors who take calls relating to a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, loneliness, isolation, stress, anxiety and bereavement.

Many people suffering from low mood and depression feel particularly bad in the evenings; as a result the helpline is open from 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend (6pm on Friday to Monday 6am).

If you think you need breathing space call 0800 83 85 87 or visit  for further information.

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