January Blues

Dave Dennis

Exeter Chiefs player

Has your mental health every made you feel vulnerable?

My experience of mental health challenges have come from both an internal and external perspective. Personally, I have experienced periods of anxiety as result of the pressures of being a professional sportsman and also the father of young children.

To help manage myself through these periods, I have relied on the support of my family and friends. I also find time for myself and do something I enjoy, such as a swim in the ocean or a round of golf; these activities help to bring my focus back to the present.

From an external perspective I have been witness to a number of friends who have struggled with a range of mental health issues. In these moments, I have offered my support through ensuring that I am a keen listener and letting them know of my love and care for them. I feel this approach has helped them feel more open in expressing their concerns.

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