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State of Mind on BBC Radio Merseyside

Listen out for State of Mind trainer Phil Cooper and rugby league legend Paul Sculthorpe on Radio Merseyside at 08:25 this morning from Langtree Park as we build up to the Super League Grand Final and Paul taking part in the Steve Prescott Quadrathon Challenge from Hull to Old Trafford. Read more »

Dewsbury Rams Player Session

The State of Mind player session rolled into the Tetley Stadium on 30/01/12 where the players were training before the session and the Nursing Standard cameraman came to take pictures of the player session. Carol Ede, Malcolm Rae and Jimmy Gittins were all in attendance. Read more »

Championship Grand Finals

State of Mind volunteers will be around the Halliwell Jones stadium in State of Mind tshirts. If you see one come and say hello and have a photo taken with us, put it on twitter yourself  or we will! Read more »

Jimmy Gittins on Radio Leeds

Jimmy Gittins recent Great North Run competitor and State of Mind presenter is taking up the Quadrathon Challenge with Steve Prescott next week, today between 2 and 3pm Radio Leeds will feature Jimmy’s inspirational story.

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Nurses Secure NHS Funding for RL Project

A nurse-led campaign to tackle mental health problems affecting rugby league players has received NHS funding.

Nurse consultant Philip Cooper and nurse practitioner Carol Ede devised and now run a mental health education programme for rugby league players and officials.

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Leigh Centurions Player Session

January 2012 saw the player session take place at the Leigh Sports Village on the day that Leigh posed for their new team photo on a Saturday morning.

Andy Burnham MP was in attendance and told State of Mind that his son plays rugby league locally and loves it!

Carol Ede asked to be in the team photo before presenting to the players!

Trevor Barton Chief Executive attends and really wants to address player wlefare issues and has big plans for next year after some turbulent times before the season began.

State of Mind want to wish all at Leigh Centurions all the very best for 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the second anniversary of Terry Newton’s untimely death and State of Mind’s thoughts are with all of Terry’s family and friends.

Don’t forget there is always support out there to ‘help a mate’ or be helped by a mate

 

 

 

 

 

Quadrathon Prescott Foundation

This one off “Quadrathon” is a relentless  48 hour challenge that includes running, cycling, kayaking and swimming.  Beginning in Hull, the participants must swim the Humber Estuary before cycling the width of the country to Liverpool where they will swim the Mersey Read more »

Hargreaves Retires

Bradford Bulls Player Retires
Prop Bryn Hargreaves has retired at the age of 26, saying he has been left disillusioned by the sport. Hargreaves, who joined the Bulls from St Helens in 2010, made 26 Super League appearances this season.

Those leaving the Bulls this year after months of financial upheaval include:

 

  • Coach Mick Potter (returning to Australia)
  • Winger Jason Crookes (joining Hull FC)
  • Prop Craig Kopzcak (terminated his contract)
  • Back rower Olivier Elima (joining Catalan Dragons)
  • Stand off Ben Jeffries (retiring from full-time rugby to work in mining in
    Australia)
  • Prop Tom Burgess (joining NRL side Sydney Roosters)

“When the financial crisis at Bradford became apparent we got told to prepare for the worst – that we might not have a job,” he told
the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. “I’ve found myself an opportunity I can’t afford to turn down.”

He added: “[It was a good offer] not only financially but also for the fact that it’s something that’s going to sustain me for the rest of my life, whereas rugby league just isn’t.”

Hargreaves started his career with Wigan before moving on to the Saints in 2006 and ends his professional career with 167 top-flight appearances. The Bulls were in adminisitration for over two months during the year and he admits that the precarious nature of their predicament made him reconsider his position as a professional sportsman.

“Being a rugby league player is not a very sustainable and secure future as it is but then you see what happened at Bradford and you think ‘wow, the carpet can really be pulled from beneath me here’,” he said.

“We’re pieces of meat at the end of the day and we’re not treated with much respect.”

He told BBC Radio Leeds that the Bulls may not be the last rugby league side to encounter financial problems. In the last three years Crusaders, Wakefield and the Bulls have all spent time in administration. “Someone has to be held accountable for what happened because it’s fine saying ‘it’s sorted now’ but there shouldn’t have been that situation in the first place,” he concluded.

“I have a terrible feeling that this is the tip of the iceberg in rugby league. People behind the scenes seem to think there could be more clubs in
financial difficulties.

“Since the start of Super League we’ve had three clubs in administration.  It’s diabolical is what it is.” Hargreaves is not the first player to leave the Bulls for a career outside rugby, with Ben Jeffries retiring to go part-time in Australia so he can start a career in mining

State of Mind wishes Bryn and all Bradford Bulls players a much calmer year in 2013

York State of Mind

York City Knights welcomed the State of Mind player presentation in January this year

Jimmy Gittins made his debut as a presenter and held the audience with the account of his struggles and great successes.

State of Mind would like to wish Chris Thorman all the best in his new role at the Huddersfield Giants and York City Knights every success in the new season next year.

Waine Pryce holding the State of Mind t-shirt after the player session

 

Suicide and Attitudes

A generation of UK men born in the 1960s and 1970s may be more likely to take their own lives because of attitudes around the role of men at the time, Samaritans researchers have said. Suicide rates are now highest in middle-age men, after years of falling rates in young people.

Academics said this may be due to a generation of at risk people ageing. They warned that recent declines in the suicide rate in the over 50s may soon be reversed as this generation ages. A report by the charity said: “In the last eight years suicides in younger men have reduced, while for men in their mid-years there has been an increase.”

Prof Rory O’Connor, from the University of Stirling, suggested the shift could be partially explained by an ageing generation of at-risk people. “The data would suggest it is the same group of people. “We think of young people 20 years ago and the societal expectations of what is a successful man or a successful contributor to society, the expectations were particularly high.

“And with the change in the male role, being less well defined now than it was 20 years ago, men have great difficulty responding to the challenge of how we define ourselves as men.”

Prof Stephen Platt, from the University of Edinburgh, said if “a group of people has a higher suicide rate, say in 15 to 19-year-olds, it carries that [higher risk] on through life”. He expressed concern that recent declines in the over 50s suicide rate would be reversed “as the cohort gets older” and warned against “complacency” in dealing with suicide in that age group.

The theory was discussed at the launch of a report by the Samaritans into suicide in middle-aged men.

It said there was a huge gulf in the rate between people in the poorest and richest parts of society, with the most deprived areas having by far the highest rates. The report said such men were part of a “buffer generation” between strong and silent fathers and progressive sons and “struggled to cope” with changes in society. A sense of shame and defeat “especially for working class men” in not having a job or providing for the family, a reluctance to talk about emotions and a greater tendency to turn to drink and drugs were also cited as reasons.

Prof Platt said: “Men are often criticised for being reluctant to talk about their problems and for not seeking help. “With this in mind, we need to acknowledge that men are different to women and design services to meet their needs.” The Department of Health in England has recently launched a new strategy to target suicide.

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