Tony Adams MBE, the current President of the RFL has issued a message to the rugby league world to encourage people to prioritise their mental health throughout the uncertain and stressful times of the coronavirus pandemic.

With all forms of the game suspended until at least April, Adams, who foundered the sporting mental health charity Sporting Chance, has offered some words of wisdom for everyone currently affected by the self isolation and suspension of sports.

“I am concerned that these uncertain times and increased fear and anxiety are impacting on many people’s mental fitness,” he said.

“As well as taking responsibility for reducing the spread of the virus by following all the NHS advice, we can all do a few things to help our own mental fitness. And to support family or mates who might be struggling.

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“Connect with friends, family, colleagues, fellow fans – text & message – share your concerns; you will not be alone I promise you.

“Perhaps reduce the amount of media coverage you read and watch.

“Get out in the fresh air if you can; open windows and breathe in the outside. Give time to your mental health.”

Read Tony Adams’ full message on the RFL website.