Prince Harry has talked about the pressures of having to “smile and endure” before launching a mental health card for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup
The innovative initiative was detailed by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, before the announcement of the draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
The event could be Prince Harry’s last as a member of royalty full-time work, as the family is expected to announce the new arrangements for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the coming days.
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Prince Harry has long defended mental health, along with his brother, Prince William. The letter will take effect when the tournament begins in England in October 2021 and will focus on the mental health of players, fans, coaches and communities.
In a three-minute video that included several young players talking about the cost of mental health, Harry talked about how important it was to eliminate the stigma surrounding the problem.
“The Rugby League is not just a sport, it is a community. And one that deals alone,” he said.
“For many years, he has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental state, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport.
“Therefore, I am proud to support the Physical Fitness Charter of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.”
The card will not only be for players and coaches, but will also be open to the communities that will organize games throughout the tournament.
“This is the first time that an important international sporting event has a central statute to focus on the mental fitness of the players, coaches, fans and host communities of the matches.”
“This statute will be based on the brilliant work that is already happening in Rugby League by committing to train and educate everyone involved in the tournament, and the wider Rugby League family, not only on how they can take care of their own mental fitness but Also support others to do the same.
“This includes teaching mental conditioning workshops for eight thousand young Rugby League players and their families, and training grassroots coaches.
“And to ensure that the message is transmitted internationally, the 21 participating nations will be encouraged to bring their experiences back home and develop awareness programs on the mental state within their own communities.
“The perception of Rugby League is that you must be tough, you can’t show your feelings, you have to smile and endure it.”
“But something like the Mental Fitness Charter will help us make real progress to get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness and remind people that it’s not just about being physically fit, but more importantly mentally strong.” Thank you. “
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B Group: Australia, Fiji, Scotland, Italy
Group C: New Zealand, Lebanon, Jamaica, Ireland
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