July 12, 2022
Mental health fitness check a no brainer
Former NRL star Wairangi Koopu says people should give their mental health the same attention they give their physical health.
He’s lined up for this month’s Fight For Life in a clash of the codes boxing bout with rugby union legend Keven Mealamu.
Others in the fundraiser for mental health services include Carlos Spencer, Liam Messam, Tegan Yorwarth, Honey Hireme-Smiler and Tammy Davis.
Koopu is raising money for Mike King’s ‘I am Hope’ charity which funds mental health support for young people.
He says sports people are used to bringing in professionals such as physiotherapists and nutritionists to keep their bodies in shape for competition.
“The exact same approach should be taken to our mental health. Our mental health should be treated as fitness. We should practice. We should be looking for counsellors or therapists or professionals who are assigned to making our mental health fitter than they are at the current moment,” Koopu says.
Tickets for the Fight For Life at the Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland’s Wairau Valley on July 21 are available online.