Rowing Together for Healthy Minds – turning up the volume on discussing mental health
Mental health is close to the hearts of WEROW – our guide to surviving Christmas was one of the most-read articles on WEROW. We love rowing and exercise in general, in part because it’s great for our minds and keeps us connected to some kind of fellowship through our club or gym. But sometimes we all need a little help and often the last person to know this is us. Today sees the launch of a new mental health initiative for rowers backed by leading mental health charity MIND, aimed at turning up the volume on discussing mental health.
Rowing Together for Healthy Minds
Rowing Together for Healthy Minds (RTHM), was started in memory of René Zamudio, who took his own life in January 2017. René learnt to row as an undergrad at Bristol University before continuing his studies and training at Imperial College. René shone with confidence and charisma, and his death was a colossal shock, as for many similar cases, he was the last person you would think to be suffering from mental health issues.
René Zamudio’s loss will always be felt. RTHM aspires to raise the profile of mental health in rowing, to inform athletes and coaches about the symptoms of depression and other disorders, and ultimately to make it easier for someone like René to reach out for help in future.
RTHM aims to do this by:
- Partnering with boat clubs across the UK. Whilst our main target is student rowing clubs, we are open to all.
- Selling our universal charity tech tops. These high-quality Rival Kit tops will be worn by athletes from all clubs at races throughout 2019 including BUCS Head and Regatta, Quintin Head and the Head of the River Races. Our next order window runs from 18-28th Jan and is available on the Rival Kit website, just search ‘Rival Kit RTHM’.
- Supplying a free poster to all affiliated clubs that outlines the club’s commitment to prioritising the mental health of its athletes.
- Donating all profits to our partner charity, Mind. They offer information about mental health and provide support to anyone affected by these issues.
- Inform and educate others on mental health via our social media accounts @rthm_uk on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve had a huge response from clubs already affiliated, selling over 500 tech tops in our first order, and now want to spread our movement further. Do you row for a club that would like to join the campaign? Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our media accounts.
A list of affiliated student clubs:
Edinburgh – Durham – Imperial College – University of London – Bristol – Newcastle – UWE – Birmingham – Derby – Nottingham – Queens Belfast – Nottingham Trent – Cardiff – Reading – Bath Spa
If you are worried about yourself or someone you might know who might be struggling with mental health issues, we encourage you to talk to those close to you, and head to www.mind.org.uk for information and support.
RTHM is not a registered charity but is an official partner with Mind and all profits will be donated to Mind.