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๐Ÿ˜‹ We're cooking up a treat with @believehousing... ๐Ÿฅ˜ Free ingredients, cooking lessons - AND healthy eating tips wโ€ฆ https://t.co/PLFfQXVccB

๐Ÿ‘€ Youโ€™ll easily spot our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” team on the @StadiumOfLight concourses this seasonโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ’š Thanks to Izzy anโ€ฆ https://t.co/pdWg1FDEy6

Our first-ever #IAmTeamGB day took place back in the summer of 2019. The ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ sports day returns on Sunday 15 Auguโ€ฆ https://t.co/SyQT1WGID9

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RT @BlcSafc: We are so happy to be back with our friends from @washingtonmind see you all at the @SAFCFoL on Saturday! @LaticsOfficial welcโ€ฆ

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๐Ÿค– Our #Sphero robots return to the @BeaconofLight next week! ๐Ÿค” Coding and computer science sessions for kids to sโ€ฆ https://t.co/IrXVkfR1vC

๐Ÿ—“ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿฏ: ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฏ: โšฝ๏ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ผโ€ฆ https://t.co/evsTVKs14I

๐Ÿฅ ๐“๐จ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ญ! Toby shows off his jam tarts after enjoying our Mini Bakers cooking session at the Beacon of Light.โ€ฆ https://t.co/6ni1CovyTq

๐Ÿพ Walking new puppy Boscoe helped Luke and his family climb to the top of #PlanetSuperLeague โœ… Get involved and hโ€ฆ https://t.co/0evHxQ9OzS

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๐ŸŽ‰ Happy birthday to former #SAFC skipper @mickygray33 Enjoy your day, Michael. https://t.co/OlBO405Z7A

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Be a Game Changer

Mental health problems are common. In fact, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year; thatโ€™s an average of 7,500 fans at every Sunderland AFC game.

So, weย allย need to look after our mental health, just like we look after our physical health.

Thatโ€™s why, weโ€™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 youโ€™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 โ€“ and we know you keep a close eye on your mates too. So, we know thatโ€™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 ourย Be a Game Changer Sunderland Facebook Page.

To find out more about the Be a Game Changer programme and receive a ToolKit, emailย beagamechanger@foundationoflight.co.uk

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 โ€˜Man V Fatโ€™ menโ€™s health programme, and โ€˜Haโ€™Weigh the Lassesโ€™, 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 Veteransโ€™ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service, created to help armed forces veterans living with complex mental health needs in the north of England.

Washington Mind
Services include; talking therapies, peer support, advocacy, crisis care, employment and housing support and a free telephone counselling service, available ย 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 theย Beacon of Light.ย 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 Mindย 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 Goย 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.ย 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
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.ย You can access the guidesย here

Sunderland Samaritans offerย aย safeย placeย forย youย toย talkย anyย timeย youย like,ย inย yourย ownย wayย โ€“ย about whateverโ€™sย gettingย toย you.ย Youย donโ€™tย haveย toย beย suicidal.

You can request a toolkit by emailingย beagamechanger@foundationoflight.co.uk