15TH – 21ST MAY 2023

“Hi everyone, just a message to you all about this years theme in regard to Mental Health Week, this being Anxiety

Anxiety is a common emotion than we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives, some think its just worrying or being stressed, these saying can be harmful and we need to challenge the notion that its “Just Anxiety”

Anxiety Disorder affects over 8 million people in the UK – that’s a little over 1 in 10 of us. At Annan Rugby we think it is important to take time to think about what we can do to positively impact our lives and those around us.

Rugby is the perfect environment to meet new friends, build a sense of belonging and share positive experiences. Playing rugby requires physical expertise which can raise self esteem and improve your mood. Learning new skills can also help boost self confidence and build a sense of purpose.

So as our playing season comes to a close, although Tartan Touch has now started for those still wanting to get some rugby in, I would just like to remind everyone that if you are in need of any advice on help or where to go to get advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself, my contact details and on our website as well as below.

And even if you would like a chat over a coffee or phone call even, please of get in touch at anytime. I’m here to help as much as I can, or give you information on where to get help, and also anyone getting on touch it is done in the strictest confidence.

Remember you are not alone, take care


Lots more info at


Here at Annan Rugby our mental health and wellbeing coordinator is Laura Mackay, if you need any more information or just a chat, you can contact Laura on:

Mobile: 07808660753 / Email:

There are also some local groups that do great work and support young people in the region and also have a free text messaging service available if you need it.


If you are experiencing a Mental Health problem, further help and support is always available.

There are different helplines and listening services available that can provide emotional support.

  • The Samaritans (24 hours a day) – 116 123
  • CALM (5pm – midnight) – 0800 58 58 58
  • Shout (24 hours a day) – text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
  • Childline (24 hours) 0800 1111
  • Papyrus (9am – 10pm weekdays and 2pm – 10pm weekend & bank holidays) – 0800 068 4141

If you are looking for support and advice;

If you are looking for self-help;

You are never alone.

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