I live in Co Louth so it’s a hefty two-hour commute to my office in Rugby Players Ireland in Clonskeagh, Dublin. I listen to some light radio on the way. It helps free up headspace.
Breakfast and coffee are a priority once I arrive. Food is prepared at the weekend to take the stress out of the mornings. Once I’m fuelled for the day, I turn to emails and social media. Twitter is very useful for identifying trending topics in mental health and seeing what research is out there.
I catch up with the Tackle Your Feelings team which includes members of RPI, the representative body for professional rugby players. The idea behind the all-island Tackle Your Feelings campaign is to support people to be pro-active about their mental health.
Top players act as ambassadors and lead from the front, breaking down the stigma and encouraging people to take control of their mental wellbeing. The campaign has had huge traction since it began in 2015, with content seen more than 23 million times. And our ambassador videos are hugely popular. I discuss upcoming events with the team, and we share feedback.
The campaign is run largely through our website and app so the tools are at your fingertips. I create the online content which is based on sports psychology and positive psychology principles. We aim to make the person the best version of themselves.
People can try out different practical strategies and users can choose their own path through the programme where they can focus on resilience or confidence-building or advice on relationships and dealing with stress.
I lunch with colleagues.
I work on content for the second phase of the campaign, where the focus is on developing a workplace programme. We’re planning separate workshops for company managers and employees. Provincial players will join a panel discussion after the workshop. We are also going into transition year classes and will deliver workshops for transition year teachers. We are developing a school-specific app.
I finish up but, to avoid the traffic, I head over to Crossfit Navitas in Kimmage. I enjoy pushing myself physically after a lot of cognitive work.