Mental health problems are common. In fact, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year; that’s an average of 7,500 fans at every Sunderland AFC game.
So, we all need to look after our mental health, just like we look after our physical health.
That’s why, we’ve joined forces with Newcastle United Foundation to launch #BeAGameChanger, encouraging people across our region to talk openly about mental health and provide tips on how to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
So, whether you’re in a Park or a Stadium, #BeAGameChanger and kick-off a conversation about mental health.
If we talk more openly about mental health, we can take steps to look after ourselves, and each other, more effectively.
As football fans we keep a close eye on our team – and we know you keep a close eye on your mates too. So, we know that’s the best way to get the ball rolling and start talking. Together, we can save lives.
Join the conversation and become a member of our Be a Game Changer Sunderland Facebook Page.
To find out more about the Be a Game Changer programme and receive a ToolKit, email firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE TO SUPPORT YOU…
Beacon of Light
Our all-inclusive community hub created to address regional challenges in four areas: Education; Health and Wellbeing; Sport and Play; and World of Work.
The range of health programmes include ‘Man V Fat’ men’s health programme, and ‘Ha’Weigh the Lasses’, created to help women make small changes in their lifestyle to promote healthy weight loss.
Extra Time Hubs programme helps retired and semi-retired people stay active, healthy and happy, with participants taking part in walking football and walking netball amongst others.
The Vardy Foundation Health and Wellbeing Zone within the Beacon also hosts the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service, created to help armed forces veterans living with complex mental health needs in the north of England.
Services include; talking therapies, peer support, advocacy, crisis care, employment and housing support and a free telephone counselling service, available Monday-Friday: 10am-2pm on 0191 417 8043
Matchday Mental Health Hub
Ran in partnership with SAFC supporters’ group, Sunderland Branch Liaison Council, and Washington Mind, this is the first in a series of 13 Matchday Hubs that will provide counselling support for any fans who are experiencing mental health challenges.
The Hub offers a free, informal and confidential drop-in service for both home and away fans on SAFC home matchdays at the Beacon of Light. The initiaive is the first of its kind in the UK and will see qualified, experienced counsellors from Washington Mind and a trained volunteer from the Branch Liaison Council supporting fans in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Get Set to Go
Washington Mind and the Foundation of Light are now able to support people to try new sports and activities to help improve both their physical and mental health. These activities will be funded by money raised through the national On Your Side charity partnership between Mind and the EFL. Get Set to Go is a 12-week course that takes place at the Beacon of Light.
Fit Black Cats
FIT BLACK CATS programme and reach your goal of a healthier lifestyle. If you are aged between 35-65, want to lose weight and make a life-style change, then FIT BLACK CATS is a free health programme for men and women aged 35-65 who are looking to lose weight, get fitter and lead a more active life.
EFL guides have been designed to offer support and advice to people in need of support. Working with the NHS, these self help guides provide information on types of Mental Health conditions and where to go for support. You can access the guides here
Sunderland Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
You can request a toolkit by emailing email@example.com