Mental Health World Record Attempt

AFG is backing local organisations which are joining forces to attempt to break a Guinness World Record and raise awareness of mental health.

The North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust along with State of Mind Sport, Offload Rugby League and Warrington Wolves will be attempting to hold the world’s largest mental health awareness lesson at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on 6 June 2018. The current world record is 688 people and was achieved in Chennai in India earlier this year.

AFG Head of HR Mike Griffiths said; “This is a fantastic initiative which really puts the spotlight on mental health in a positive way by linking it to a world record attempt at the same time. 

“Looking after our mental health is as equally as important as looking after our physical health.  Understanding what causes us to feel stressed, anxious or depressed, and taking action to manage this, is a hugely important part of looking after our wellbeing.” 

Karl Fitzpatrick, CEO at Warrington Wolves, said: “Warrington Wolves are completely behind this world record attempt and look to promote positive mental fitness at every opportunity for all our staff and supporters.”

The lesson will be led by Dr Phil Cooper (MBE), a nurse consultant from North West Boroughs Healthcare, together with a variety of former and current rugby league players. The record attempt will take place on 6 June from 6pm and will last for 35 minutes. There will be entertainment from 5pm before the lesson, with the evening coming to a close at 7pm.

Dr Cooper said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of mental fitness and have a great time in a local rugby league team’s stadium, and we hope as many people as possible can join us to help us make history by smashing this exciting world record.”

Emma Goldsmith from Rugby League Cares, who co-ordinates the Offload mental fitness programme running from Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils said: “It is going to be a great night taking part in a world record attempt while helping people learn more about mental health issues in an interactive session, in a great location.”

Tickets are free and the first 1,000 tickets can be accessed using Eventbrite here

If you would like to be a record breaker and part of a unique rugby league and mental health occasion, get down to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on 6 June.