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๐ŸŽ– Families of those who have served have enjoyed free activities @BeaconofLight, thanks to our partnership withโ€ฆ https://t.co/1wAnPI4uou

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๐Ÿ‘Š In an effort to combat holiday hunger, youngsters on our summer courses have enjoyed a packed lunch each day andโ€ฆ https://t.co/LjQCqr5NQg

๐Ÿง  @ParagonCC_UK were on of the first companies to get involved with the #BeAGameChanger programme. Staff well-beinโ€ฆ https://t.co/hM2Bf2HWVW

๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ ๐’—๐’‚๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’ #๐‘ป๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž๐‘ญ๐’๐‘ณ ๐Ÿ”บ Skills Officer ๐Ÿ”บ Recruitment Lead ๐Ÿ”บ Matchday Lottery Sellers ๐Ÿ”บ Physiotherapist ๐Ÿ”บ Fโ€ฆ https://t.co/O7dVw2eNUc

๐Ÿค Weโ€™ve partnered with I Am Team GB and their free Festival of Sport this summer! Join us on Sunday 15 August โ€“ eโ€ฆ https://t.co/Pp6N1EJgY0

๐Ÿ‘ A great showcase for the #BeAGameChanger programme. Well done to everyone involved https://t.co/Iwxrq2JLFw

โ›ณ ๐Ž๐๐„ ๐–๐„๐„๐Š ๐“๐Ž ๐†๐Ž We're looking forward to welcoming teams to our Golf Day @RamsideGolfClub Find out more aboutโ€ฆ https://t.co/Nuo4hjSwIZ

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™™! ๐ŸŽฏ Our very own #pingdemic at the Beacon of Light today. โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ https://t.co/jivXid8HZd

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Itโ€™s that time again! ๐Ÿค— The inflatables are out! #SummerAtTheBeacon https://t.co/JSf0X5c5QO

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿ† @SAFCFoL's first-ever #BeAGameChanger Tournament brought local businesses together to raise awareness of mental healthโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™š๐™จ Our @FoLScholars players enjoying another pre-season session in the sun! https://t.co/AQ3DwpbYkd

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โณ Back in 2010, Kenwyne Jones visited Lumley Junior School in Chester-le-Street, to join pupils on our Family Learnโ€ฆ https://t.co/4hRIG82ZTW

๐Ÿ˜ Check out these ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ข ๐๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ causing a stir in the kitchen @BeaconofLight We still have places on some family coโ€ฆ https://t.co/br4V7jFwwv

๐Ÿค— ๐™พ๐™ฟ๐™ฟ๐™พ๐š๐šƒ๐š„๐™ฝ๐™ธ๐šƒ๐™ธ๐™ด๐š‚ ๐™ต๐™พ๐š @weare_livin ๐šƒ๐™ด๐™ฝ๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐šƒ๐š‚ ๐šƒ๐™ท๐™ธ๐š‚ ๐š‚๐š„๐™ผ๐™ผ๐™ด๐š All sessions are free to join, book now ๐Ÿ‘‰โ€ฆ https://t.co/Ivvl4JWcjM

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ข ๐™Šโ€™๐™‰๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ we have a message from ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™งโ€ฆ @LukeONien is leading the charge in our #FitForFoL challenge ๐Ÿ…โ€ฆ https://t.co/mdtIbumUaH

๐ŸŽ‰ Today marks 10 years of the @EFLTrust supporting thousands of young people through @NCS! ๐Ÿค— We are so proud to coโ€ฆ https://t.co/Lt4G5D4lFr

Andrew’s game changing moment

After Andrew faced a set of life-changing events, his mental health suffered. With the help of friends, family and a very special group of fans, he opened up about how he was feeling and found the support he needed.

โ€œWhile my wife was in labour, I had a knock on the door from another member of the hospital staff who said โ€˜your grandfatherโ€™s down in A&E. Heโ€™s in a really bad way, you might want to go and say your goodbyes to him.โ€™

Andrew was faced with a difficult, and heart-breaking, situation. A series of events which acted as a catalyst which had a long-term impact on his mental health, โ€œI was just drowning in thoughts; my brain was in overdrive at times. I started getting really disconnected with things.

โ€œIt got to the stage where I needed to get some help. I needed to speak to someone.โ€

Andrew sought help at the Matchday Mental Health Hub at the Beacon of Light. Run by SAFC supporter group, the Branch Liaison Council and Washington Mind, and supported by the Foundation of Light, the Hub provides fans of all ages free access to trained counsellors every match day, and is the first of its kind in the UK.

For Andrew, it was the life-line he needed; an informal and non-clinical environment which allowed him to open up and share how he was feeling. โ€œPeople will talk openly about hurting their ankle playing football but they donโ€™t necessarily tell you whatโ€™s hurting in their head.

โ€œIf one of your friends has opened up to you, you know you could say to them โ€˜weโ€™re going to the match anyway, this facility is on the doorstep. Go and have a chat with the people there.โ€™โ€

After receiving information about additional help from the Hubโ€™s counsellors, Andrew went on to access to the support he needed and he is grateful to the Sunderland AFC community for helping him get through his difficult time; โ€œWith my family, you either support Sunderland or you donโ€™t support anybody. But itโ€™s not just about watching football; you become part of the bigger community.

โ€œIt shows that even though the power of football is there, youโ€™ve got something that can really benefit the wider society.โ€

Andrew was speaking ahead of World Mental Health Day 2020, as part of the #BeAGameChanger campaign โ€“ a joint initiative between Newcastle United Foundation and Foundation of Light which encourages people across the region to talk openly about mental health.

The two clubs have put their long-standing rivalry aside to launch a powerful video which showcases the work being done by both clubโ€™s charities, and highlights that mental health supersedes team loyalty.

Watch the videoย below or subscribe to the Foundation of Light’s official YouTube Channel

To find out more and to get some tips on how to improve your physical and mental well-being visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk/beagamechanger/

11 October 2020

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