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Mental health and well-being: nurse’s initiative helps rugby players tackle their issues

State of Mind charity has potentially saved dozens of lives

Combining a love of sport with his work, mental health nurse consultant Phil Cooper’s State of Mind charity hosts presentations at rugby club training sessions to talk about depression, anxiety, suicide and alcohol and drug misuse

The tragic death of a professional rugby league player inspired mental health nurse consultant Phil Cooper to set up an innovative charity that has potentially saved dozens of men’s lives.

‘I love sport, especially rugby league,’ says Dr Cooper, who works part-time in Warrington at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in dual diagnosis of mental health

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