Tackle Your Feelings is a mental wellbeing campaign, run by Rugby Players Ireland in partnership with Zurich Ireland with the support of the Z Zurich Foundation. It aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and provide people with the tools and resources to be more proactive in looking after their emotional wellbeing.
Launched in 2015, with an initial three year term, the Tackle Your Feelings campaign has a preventative focus, with the purpose of inspiring more people to take action to look after their mental wellbeing on a daily basis. The campaign, having proven it’s effectiveness in phase one was approved for additional funding by the Z Zurich Foundation in 2018 to continue for a further four years.
The campaign aims to change the way people think and behave around mental wellbeing:
Change Attitudes – break down stigma around mental wellbeing
Change Behaviours – equip people with the tools and motivation to proactively work on their mental wellbeing
Create a movement – encourage people to take ownership of the campaign messaging and to become champions of the TYF message in their own communities
Key campaign messages:
Be honest with yourself about how you are feeling
Make space every day to connect with your emotions
Find the strategies that works for you
The key message ‘Take control of your mental wellbeing’ sums up the approach of the campaign. In line with Zurich’s Purpose of helping people reach their full potential, the campaign activity is specifically designed to empower people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to inspire confidence in their ability to do so.
Tackle Your Feelings 2.0
The latest phase of the Tackle Your Feelings Campaign has a strong focus on the proactive approach to mental wellbeing. Leinster’s James Lowe launched the ‘I’m taking control’ campaign in Sept 2019. The content focuses on how to handle every day stressors and pressures which come your way, how to savour the good experiences, understand emotions and build resources. We want to enable people to thrive, not just survive.
The campaign has also expanded to include specific programmes for schools (senior cycle) and workplaces; including a tailored app for each audience. The schools programme launched in February 2020 with TYF Ambassador Eimear Considine, also a teacher sharing her story. The Tackle Your Feelings Schools pilot programme is classroom-based, with designated wellbeing classes running in the last term of the 2020 academic year. The programme is aimed at Transition Year students (or equivalent) who are about to embark on their next steps into the senior cycle of their secondary education. Multiple schools across the island of Ireland have been recruited to pilot the programme and their students will work to develop coping skills and enhance their support networks, putting them in the best position to ‘Take Control’ of their mental wellbeing.
The Tackle Your Feelings App aims to encourage users to be proactive about their mental wellbeing using sport and positive psychology principles. It encourages users to prioritise their mental wellbeing in the same way as their nutrition and taking exercise, instead of waiting for a problem to manifest before taking action. Users are offered an opportunity to try out different strategies to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.
The app was nominated for and won ‘Best App’ at both the Spider Awards 2019 and the Digital Media Awards 2020.
The tools and techniques featured in the Tackle Your Feelings App specifically help users to improve their optimism, resilience, confidence, satisfaction, relaxation, happiness and relationships. Users can then go on to explore some of the techniques that work best for them, taking positive steps towards safeguarding their mental wellbeing into the future. Through setting goals and reflecting on their progress, users can expect to learn how to maximise their mental wellbeing and gain confidence in using practical strategies to help them do so.
The App is available free to download through the Apple and Google Play App stores.
As part of the Tackle Your Feelings initiative, Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich hosted a number of events to promote mental wellness to Zurich employees. In Dublin and Wexford, panel discussions took place featuring TYF Zurich Ambassadors who shared their personal stories about dealing with a mental wellbeing challenge, along with former Leinster and Ireland player, Shane Jennings and mental health expert and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Eddie Murphy who provided practical advice on how to proactively manage mental wellbeing.
Having seen Rugby Players Ireland doing a challenge over December 2019, for the month of February 2020, Zurich employees across the globe were encouraged to take up the ‘Take a Leap Challenge’. Every working day during February a new challenge was posted. Each challenge was a small positive task to encourage people to realise that sometimes it’s the small things that we do that will have the biggest impact on our own wellbeing and also that of our colleagues. We spend a significant amount of our lives in work and with our colleagues, so small changes can make your working environment a more positive wellbeing space to be.
The challenge generated a large volume of engagement both from employees in Ireland and abroad with the online challenge, which made a very positive impact on peoples' day, highlighting it is the little things that can make the biggest difference.
Find out how you can #TackleYourFeelings by visiting www.tackleyourfeelings.com which serves as a comprehensive resource for people dealing with mental wellbeing issues, as well as family and friends, through interactive tools, information and advice.