Mick appeared on the popular television series School of Hard Knocks on Sky Sports and was coached and mentored by Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood and Welsh, British and Irish Lion Scott Quinnell. In the past Mick has worked as a community rugby coach with London Irish and was a Social Inclusion coach at Saracens. He also worked as a rugby development coach for the Dallaglio Foundation working with young people who have been excluded from mainstream education and supporting their families while using the ethos of rugby to make an impact. He briefly spent some time in Brazil working on behalf of Premiership Rugby developing the sport at grassroots.
Dr. Phil Cooper
Phil is a Nurse Consultant in Dual Diagnosis at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and developed the ‘Feel Good, Play Better, Live Well’ education and awareness session with the support of his colleague Carol Ede. Dr Phil Cooper was a co-Founder of State of Mind. Phil is an award winning and widely published mental health nurse who has piloted a number of clinical and service innovations. He has devised and implemented successful training programmes in the area of substance misuse, mental wellbeing and resilience for Rugby League players, students and communities. In 2012 he was awarded the Royal College of Nursing’s Nursing Standard Mental Health Award for his work with ‘State of Mind Rugby’ and in 2013 a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. Phil has delivered the player awareness presentation to all Super League Clubs, Championship Clubs and now with community clubs – helping players to identify how they can improve their mental fitness and encouraging them to ask for help if they need it.
Lindsay Woodford is a sport and exercise psychologist at The Sporting Mindset and a lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She provided sport psychology support to Bath rugby club for many years and is now studying for a PhD in collaboration with the RFU. Her research aims; to increase the number of young rugby players successfully making the transition from academy-to-first teams and to provide a duty of care to those players. Having worked with many players who have struggled in silence with mental health issues she is passionate about raising awareness of the problem in rugby.
Andy has played hooker for England and the British and Irish Lions and played professional rugby union for Sale, Gloucester, Yorkshire, Edinburgh and London Welsh and is currently working with Wasps as Strength and Conditioning Coach
“I heard about the State of Mind programme in rugby league from my friends in England. I spoke with Ernie Benbow who gave me a briefing on their aims and objectives. I told him that I was in complete support for all STATE OF MIND seeks to achieve and would help in any way I could. The RFL and RFU should encourage these people to take this further to help all players. It is an excellent programme. I understand what they are trying to achieve as I had my problems about which I spoke publicly. People think sportsmen are robots but they are not. Experiencing depression was a shock to me and at first I was unwilling to talk about it. It never occurred to me to open up or tell people about my problems. Thankfully, with the support of all those around me, friends and family I have come through the experience. There’s a perceived problem attached to men asking for a bit of help or even opening up to friends and family members. It’s not the done thing. But if you have a toothache, you go to the dentist. Yet if you’re feeling low down, people tend not to talk about it.”
Nigel is a Welsh international rugby union referee. He is an international and European Rugby Champions Cup referee and was the only Welsh referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. He was referee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England.
Graeme Morrison is a retired Scottish rugby union footballer. He played for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland as a Centre. Morrison played as a schoolboy for, Dollar Academy, where he captained the 1st XV. He has represented Scotland at under-21 level.
Duncan Bell was a formidable physical presence when playing rugby:Duncan Bell played nearly 250 games in the Premiership and won 5 England caps. He has spoken openly about his own struggles with depressed mood and is keen to support any initiative that promotes mental fitness.
Tom Court is a rugby union footballer. He plays for London Irish as a tighthead and loosehead prop. He primarily played at tighthead in his early career at Ulster but switched to loosehead in the 2007/2008 season. A British and Irish Lion and Ireland international and is currently playing for London Irish
Conor Mortimer is a Gaelic footballer He was a corner forward and has played for the Mayo senior football team, Connacht provincial team in the Railway Cup and club football for Shrule-Glencorrib in Mayo and later with Dublin club Parnells. He has also played college football for DCU and UUJ. Mortimer has twice played in All-Ireland senior finals, losing both. He left the Mayo team in 2012, missing what would have been a third losing All-Ireland senior final appearance
Lee Byrne is a retired Welsh and British Lion international rugby union rugby player. His usual position was full-back, although he has played on the wing. Lee has agreed to support State of Mind’s work as an ambassador.
Tim Payne started his playing career as a child at Painswick RFC and then moved to senior rugby at Stroud RFC. He has previously played for Coventry R.F.C., Bristol Rugby and Cardiff RFC. He joined London Wasps in 2003 and was a member of the side that won the Heineken Cup in his first season. He has played in three Guinness Premiership finals, winning them all and his international career saw him selected for the 2004 Summer tour, making his debut against Australia. His next two caps came on the 2006 Summer tour, again against the Wallabies. He featured for England in the 2007 Six Nations, 2008 Six Nations and 2010 Six Nations and was called into the squad for the 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour.