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Offload: Morson partners with Salford Red Devils' mental health fitness programme

James Kenealey mental health awareness

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​Through February and March we were delighted to partner with Salford Red Devils to virtually deliver their mental fitness and wellbeing programme, Offload, to our Morson Group colleagues.

Offload is a mental fitness programme being piloted by three rugby League communities: Salford, Warrington and Widnes. Through a 6-fixture programme, Offload tackles a wide range of topics relating to mental health, including stress management, applying a positive mindset, analysing negative thinking, managing emotions like anger, mindfulness, and building resilience.

Heather Deering, Health & Wellbeing Partner for Morson, spoke about the reasoning behind the partnership:

The past year has, and continues to be, a truly difficult one for many people, and we want to do our best to provide our colleagues with information to help them build resilience, develop practical coping strategies, and understand how to access further support if they need it. Lockdown and social distancing have meant many avenues of support we’re used to accessing have become unavailable, so we were fortunate that Offload could be delivered just as effectively as an online programme.

Delivered by Salford Red Devils Foundation health managers and past and current players who have faced mental health challenges, the sessions examined the challenges players face on and off the pitch and what evidence-based coping strategies they use. Attendees were then taught how to apply and use those techniques in their own lives.

The programme has been very well received by our colleagues.

“I joined the programme initially to see if I could improve my awareness of mental health support in the hope that I may learn and be able to help others in the future. I found the openness of the presenters welcoming and it encouraged the group to share where appropriate and I feel that I have personally gained a greater level of confidence to support my colleagues, friends and family with their mental health and emotional wellbeing should it be needed.”

Morson has been a headline sponsor of Salford Red Devils since 2019.

To find out more about Offload, visit the Salford Red Devils Foundation site. To find out about Morson's partnership with Salford Red Devils, follow us on Twitter