In every area of day-to-day life, we are exploring the effects and consequences that many stresses and strains can have on our minds.

Our feelings can fluctuate on a sliding scale - from feeling happy on one side, to a little gloomy and down at times, and in some cases, go beyond that and into depression.

Please see the link below for further background information and statistics about Mental Health and Wellbeing by the Centre for Men’s Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Mental Health and Wellbeing background and statistics




In a recent, successful campaign by rugby league players and the NHS, players talk openly about these issues and the need to ensure we 'strive to be happy' and are able to monitor our wellbeing carefully.

NHS North worked closely to compliment the players work and create a dedicated website and produced this video about mental health in their sport.



 For further information, please visit



Talking about mental health problems has traditionally been one of sport’s great taboos. When boxer Frank Bruno was sectioned under the mental health act, the tabloid press ran the headline ‘bonkers Bruno locked up’. Unsurprisingly, given this attitude it is very rare for sports men and women to ‘come out’ about mental ill health voluntarily.  It is sadly far more common that any vulnerability is ‘outed’ by the sports media.

Good mental health is vital for peak performance in sport. Mental health problems affect one in six of the population at any one time. Depression alone affects up to half of us during our lifetimes and affects every family at some stage. Despite this, many people are unaware of the symptoms of mental health problems.

Unsurprisingly, players known for physical fitness rarely talk about mental distress. Indeed many may not recognise what it is or know how to seek help for stress, anxiety or depression when it strikes.

To read further, please visit the PFA's dedicated mental health information site here...


If you would like to speak to anyone about the issues raised on this page, or to find out further information, please visit the PCA's confidential helpline page.