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RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Another excellent virtual session this morning @SAFCFoL Skills, Q&Aโ€™s with the coaches and great advice for the kids!โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Congratulations @Charliewyke1 on your hat-trick v @AFCWimbledon this afternoon. ๐Ÿ™Œ Big win for @SunderlandAFC onโ€ฆ https://t.co/kZ9Caufuq4

RT @BlcSafc: Reaching out for support shows strength .. Our virtual @SunderlandAFC match day mental health hub with @washingtonmind is avaiโ€ฆ

๐Ÿฅณ Many happy returns to the King! โšฝ๏ธ Chris Maguire turns 32 today, letโ€™s hope he can add to his three goals so farโ€ฆ https://t.co/LpVVwV0N8u

๐Ÿ”ดโšชโšฝ ...It's matchday! ๐Ÿ”œ There may be no ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw today but get your tickets now for Tuesday night ๐Ÿ‘‰โ€ฆ https://t.co/K7MkMG1HHM

RT @EFLTrust: .@RishiSunak thanks our EFL Clubs and Community organisations as we focus on providing opportunities for unemployed young peoโ€ฆ

๐Ÿชš Carving out opportunities for our young people. ๐Ÿคฉ Some of the handy work on show during our one-to-one woodworkโ€ฆ https://t.co/aYi4rfbyti

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Love this! Keep it up, Archie - but donโ€™t tire yourself out before youโ€™ve baked those cakes you promised everโ€ฆ https://t.co/3nVvGW5wIR

RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Canโ€™t thank @baileywright92 enough! Such an inspirational Q&A session with Mason & the #FolPlayerDevelopment kids lastโ€ฆ

๐Ÿคธ Don't forget our PE and Dance activity sessions take place at 1.30pm every afternoon for kids - and parents - ofโ€ฆ https://t.co/JV81WkO3Bm

Great to have @LukeOnien on board as one of our @PFA ambassadors for the 2020-21 season. Your support is really aโ€ฆ https://t.co/y56R5Z0gfe

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Our star in stripes! Good luck, Austin ๐Ÿ‘Š https://t.co/mq4fZDOvdX

๐Ÿ‘€ Don't touch the jelly babies... @baileywright92 shares some superstitions with young players from our Developmenโ€ฆ https://t.co/Xobvs9iorH

๐Ÿ’ป #SAFC's @baileywright92 took to the hot seat as he was grilled by our Player Development Centre kids via Zoom.โ€ฆ https://t.co/CEfSH3WJTB

RT @BlcSafc: As we can't be at @SAFCFoL in person with @washingtonmind on Saturday, our virtual mental health will be available between 12โ€ฆ

๐Ÿค” Kids who are missing our football sessions have come up with a ๐™‡๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š to stay active while fundraisinโ€ฆ https://t.co/rv2RLz3yCE

๐Ÿ‘ Thanks to #SAFC's Tom Flanagan, @LyndenGooch, @LukeONien, @AidenObrien22, Grant Leadbitter, @SandowRs andโ€ฆ https://t.co/ScILWxUsFD

โณ Over the last 20 years weโ€™ve hosted a variety of fundraising events, backed by a number a famous faces. In 2017โ€ฆ https://t.co/uHdBtKCpDe

๐Ÿฅฃ ๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘พ๐’†๐’†๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’™ ๐Ÿ“บ ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ต๐’†๐’•๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’™ Families are encouragedโ€ฆ https://t.co/zwkPCjznmC

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป We can all do our bit #StayHome https://t.co/1DOqRNmV7P

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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