Rugby doing its bit for suicide prevention
Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30
Console and the Rugby Players Union Irupa have teamed up to give the squads in Connacht, Munster and eventually Leinster talks on suicide prevention.
It's a welcome initiative. We don't really tackle the issues of mental health as much as we talk about tackling them and some practical examples help.
The Connacht and Munster teams have been through a course called 'Question, Persuade, Refer' and IRUPA have declared it an unqualified success. Marcus Horan is their player development manager and is helping drive the project with a simple message: "Maybe there are things going on in a person's life that mean a quiet chat may be the best thing."
If it hits every dressing-room in the country that's a good start.