“It’s reassuring to know that the knowledge I have gained; through my experience and recent training in Mental Health can really help others”
Johnny’s new-found passion is Mental Health. He has recently formed Minds Matter, which will enable him to help reduce suicide rates, spread awareness and break down the surrounding stigma. Johnny is a director at a mechanical services company based in his hometown of Halifax.
Previous to his 14 years within the construction industry, he played Rugby League professionally. A successful career saw him play over 200 super league games, acquire international caps for England and Ireland respectively and was part of the Sheffield eagles team which produced a famous win against the mighty Wigan Warriors, in the 1998 challenge cup final at Wembley. Johnny is still involved in the sport and now coaches the under 11s at his local amateur club.
Approximately six years ago, over an 18-month period, Johnny lost two very close friends through suicide. In 2014, he attended the 2-day Mental Health first aid course. Using the skills gained on the course, he has helped people with Mental Health struggles. So impressed by the course, that in 2017 he qualified to tutor it! He has realised by making the smallest of changes he can have a really positive impact on a person’s Wellbeing. Every morning when Johnny looks in the mirror at his shiny bald head, he wishes he could wear his Scrum cap to work again.