Jimmy Gittins


Jimmy is an ex rugby league player, who in 2002, suffered a horrific injury breaking his neck in 2 places, putting an end to his playing career and changing his life forever. He has spent the years since his injury pushing his body to new limits. He walked out of hospital after 9 hard painful months and has since taken on one challenge after another that most people wouldn’t even think they could attempt. Jimmy does all this with a smile on his face. His positive attitude to life and to his own limitations can’t help but rub off on those he meets.

Before his accident, Jimmy also ran his own very successful construction company with his family. After leaving hospital, knowing he couldn’t return to his previous careers, knowing rehabilitation was going to be for the rest of his life, he saw an opportunity, and with his friend and physiotherapist formed a specialist rehabilitation unit, which has gone from strength to strength winning national and regional awards. Jimmy has been a presenter for State of Mind since its infancy in 2012 and has recently qualified as a mental health first aid trainer.

“I'm often amazed at how my life has changed dramatically but yet still provides me with some great opportunities! Getting the chance to work with state of Mind has taught me valuable lessons on how your mental fitness carries the key to a balanced and enriched life.”