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๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ #SAFC will dedicate this Saturday's game @StadiumOfLight to the work we do thrโ€ฆ https://t.co/ymfRnaCmEw

๐Ÿค” BIGGEST debate of the week! ๐Ÿช On #NationalTeaDay we bring you the biscuit-dunking #SuperLeague This one mightโ€ฆ https://t.co/WJYvUtp7qx

โ˜•๏ธ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’†๐’“๐’ˆ๐’š-๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’™ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’“-๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ One for our friends at @NorthumbrianH2O on #NationalTeaDay https://t.co/Tep26mVIKe

๐Ÿ”ดโšช ๐Ÿ”œ ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/eQy9O12DQB

๐Ÿ’ช ๐‹๐Ž๐‚๐Š๐ƒ๐Ž๐–๐ ๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“๐ˆ๐๐†! Together with @GetActiveGOGA we're looking for sports groups and organisations to help get eveโ€ฆ https://t.co/BBtM7hlA1d

RT @GetActiveGOGA: Exciting things happening in Sunderland! #GetOutGetActive

๐—œ๐—–๐—ฌ๐— ๐—œ We have teamed up with volunteer travel company African Adventures to offer #SAFC fans a once-in-a-lifetimeโ€ฆ https://t.co/w5dvQNbM3M

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ We're looking for local sports and community groups to help get people moving across the region... ๐Ÿคโ€ฆ https://t.co/jy6Ha9c38n

RT @BeaconofLight: โ˜€๏ธ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ... โœ… Low prices โœ… Easy access โœ… Covid secure ๐Ÿด๐—ฎ๐—บ- ๐Ÿด๐—ฝ๐—บ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†-๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† โ˜Ž๏ธ 0191 5634818 https://t.โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ Because this weekendโ€™s ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw takes place on ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ, thereโ€™ll be a specialโ€ฆ https://t.co/rTVJ1QpNUR

๐Ÿ’ช ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†โ€™๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’‚, ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’• ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’š, ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’…, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•... https://t.co/2BGyW7lCdI

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Our ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ takes place this Saturday. As #SAFC's official charity, we work with thousandsโ€ฆ https://t.co/21AY88x4Ch

๐Ÿค— The #FansSupportingFans event this past weekend - looked like great fun! ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ Well done to everyone involved, hoโ€ฆ https://t.co/WIARh2aok1

๐ŸŒ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™‰๐™€๐™ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™€๐™ ๐™‡๐™€๐˜ผ๐™‚๐™๐™€ We sit on joint fifth in the table after a narrow defeat last week. This week weโ€™re up againโ€ฆ https://t.co/UhYSEwGKQI

๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐Ÿ”œ @SunderlandAFCโ€˜s game v @ASFCofficial this Saturday will be dedicated to all tโ€ฆ https://t.co/WCI15yngOR

@Leo_Kennedy11 Weโ€™d be happy to help, Leo ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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Weโ€™re hiring โคต๏ธ https://t.co/tmXfcfAu4P

๐ŸŒ ๐ด๐น๐‘…๐ผ๐ถ๐ด๐‘ ๐ด๐ท๐‘‰๐ธ๐‘๐‘‡๐‘ˆ๐‘…๐ธ๐‘† A unique volunteering experience taking place next April... ๐Ÿ“ˆ Project development ๐ŸŒต Rift valโ€ฆ https://t.co/wrs7BACFDo

๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿพ #TeamFoL backs the @premierleague's #NoRoomForRacism campaign. Through our #PLStars sessions andโ€ฆ https://t.co/BfarcdFUag

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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