Alan Quinlan was guest speaker at a pal’s work event recently. It was sponsored by Laya Healthcare and “Quinny” was wearing a Laya Healthcare tshirt.
It was a 90-minute “show” with 50+ slides and accompanying video clips. It touched on mental health (surprise, surprise), overcoming suicidal thoughts, resilience and that kind of stuff.
He said some people call rugby football egg chasing but it’s important to know when to be an egg and when to be a rugby ball.
You can be a bit of an egg and it’s healthy when there’s a few cracks as that’s you releasing your emotions but you need to become a rugby ball and roll with the ups and downs before the cracks become too big and the egg breaks completely. There was a slide with a picture of a rollercoaster to emphasise the ups and downs point.
He showed the clip of that British 1992 Olympian (Derek Redmond?) tearing his hamstring early in the 400m and his auld lad coming onto the track from the crowd and the two of them going slowly around and over the finishing line. Getting back up no matter what and displaying your resilience. A quick few clicks back to the rollercoaster slide at this point.
After speaking definitively on these topics somebody asked him for advice on how to best help or support a friend or colleague coming to you with those issues. Quinny said he wasn’t qualified to make recommendations.
These charlatans really irk me.