29 May 2020

Rugby mental health website Headfirst popularity rises

From First Up, 5:37 am on 29 May 2020

The number of people contacting a New Zealand Rugby mental health website has almost tripled in the last couple of months. The Headfirst website allows people to take self-tests for anxiety or depression. The website has been around since 2017 and in it's first year had almost 14,000 visit.... that number has grown steadily since. It uses players like Keven Mealamu, Ruby Tui, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Du'Plessis Kirifi as ambassadors to help get the message across, but it's not just for rugby players and supporters. Dr Nathan Price heads the programme and he says being part of a team can be a vehicle for finding help.