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RSS FeedsFrom drugs and alcohol to wellbeing: how rugby league is tackling mental health
(The Guardian Sports News)

 
 

14 june 2018 18:53:05

 
From drugs and alcohol to wellbeing: how rugby league is tackling mental health
(The Guardian Sports News)
 




The experiences of former forward Paul Highton and ex-referee Ian Smith are testament to the value of Super League´s dedicated State of Mind round of fixturesIt did not take Paul Highton long to realise something was wrong. `On Sunday I´d played my last game, retired, and by Monday or Tuesday I was sat on the couch thinking: `Is this it now?´` the former Halifax and Salford forward recalls. In 2009, Highton´s 20-year career came to an abrupt end and, having struggled to integrate back into everyday life, he turned to substance abuse.`I was really struggling,` he says. `That led me to alcohol and taking prescription drugs to cope with the fact I wasn´t playing anymore.` Highton´s story could have easily had an unhappy ending but, shortly after things began to spiral out of control, he got the call that changed his life. Continue reading...
 
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