Sunday 17 December 2017

Watch: Former and current rugby stars Shane Jennings and Jake Heenan get behind mental health campaign

Jake Heenan and Shane Jennings supporting IRUPA's Tackle Your Feelings campaign
Jake Heenan and Shane Jennings supporting IRUPA's Tackle Your Feelings campaign
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Following the example of Jack McGrath, Shane Jennings and Jake Heenan have joined together to get behind IRUPA’s Tackle Your Feelings campaign.

The initiative was set up in the hope of encouraging people to speak up about their struggles, and Jennings and Heenan have come forward to discuss issues they wrestled with in the past.

Jennings, who skippered Leinster and represented Ireland at the 2011 World Cup, discussed problems he encountered after calling time on his career.

“When I faced retirement from professional rugby I felt a lot of apprehension and uncertainty. I had been very proactive about preparing for life after rugby throughout my career, completing an MBA and making use of the career and educational supports available through IRUPA."

Furthermore, Heenan, one of the most promising back rows in the country, spoke about going down the wrong path as a youngster and wanting to help others avoid doing the same. 

“I would like to reach out to them and encourage them to open up to others about how they are feeling and not be scared to look for help”

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