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๐Ÿฅ Todayโ€™s ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw has been made. Every fiver helps us continue to support thousands of people acrosโ€ฆ https://t.co/vYuNx4DAz3

RT @SafcScotland: Quick prematch stop to donate to the foodbank @SAFCFoL Ready for the match now! #safc https://t.co/kIVskMZ7bs

โšฝ Got your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tickets yet? Every fiver helps us continue to support thousands of people across Sundeโ€ฆ https://t.co/yGJLzRJSVT

๐Ÿคฏ Imagine how much could be raised each matchday if the 30,000 fans in the @StadiumOfLight each bought a ticket toโ€ฆ https://t.co/LXj5jwDGnk

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿฅซ Weโ€™re open from 12.30 today for any @sunderlandfb donationsโ€ฆ

Such sad news, Len was a always a great ambassador for our work and a true gentleman. Thoughts are with his friendโ€ฆ https://t.co/TJF2CEyfM7

๐Ÿคž๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” ...it's matchday! ๐Ÿคฉ We're back with your chance to win ยฃ1,000 while supporting #SAFC's officialโ€ฆ https://t.co/z0C5zaj3Er

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐ŸŒ… Sun setting on another busy week @BeaconofLightโ€ฆ https://t.co/lkaYefTPna

๐Ÿƒ๐‘ญ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’•๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’” ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ A great way for families to stay active and get fit - get involved ๐Ÿ“งcatherine.wโ€ฆ https://t.co/2kGjWuP2Wi

โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฐ Great #TeamFoL effort for #MacmillanCoffeeMorning ๐Ÿ’š Big shout out to everyone involved and those who took partโ€ฆ https://t.co/qgmAZMchJe

๐Ÿ˜ด Our MD @Jamie_Wright4 is taking part in this yearโ€™s @The_CEOSLEEPOUT at the @StadiumOfLight, raising money and awโ€ฆ https://t.co/4iX4j7nuaR

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns tomorrow! ๐™๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™จ โ–ช๏ธยฃ1,000 prize โ–ช๏ธSigned Sunderland shirt โ–ช๏ธRollover jackpotโ€ฆ https://t.co/PBzQFc6qt8

๐ŸŽ‰ Two weeks to go until our ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ at the @BeaconofLight... Full details ๐ŸŽถ https://t.co/2MwxsZF7Z9 https://t.co/47KQhpA7vE

RT @BeaconofLight: โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ-๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฐโ€ฆ #SAFC | #HawayTheLads https://t.co/zkDd5f961b

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ ๐‘ญ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ช๐’๐’–๐’ƒ Join us for special sessions during the October half-term at the Beacon ofโ€ฆ https://t.co/ZKskTQGD5W

๐ŸŸ๏ธ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend! โšฝ At only ยฃ5 to enter, the cost of your ticket pays for a ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃโ€ฆ https://t.co/ZwMat3oA56

๐—œ๐—–๐—ฌ๐— ๐—œ: Weโ€™re celebrating the achievements of FIT BLACK CAT, Keith on #NationalFitnessDay ๐Ÿ˜‡ Heโ€™s now living a muchโ€ฆ https://t.co/G9qGrRIeqC

RT @SunderlandAFC: โค๏ธ๐Ÿค In partnership with @SAFCFoL, Sunderland AFC and @RedAndWhite2017 will be hosting a Foodbank collection ahead of Satโ€ฆ

๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—–๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ข๐—™๐—™๐—˜๐—ฅ Little Dribblers Playgroup will be free of charge tomorrow ๐Ÿ“ Beacon of Light ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30โ€ฆ https://t.co/DjwaRp7egv

Raising awareness ahead of Suicide Prevention Day

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day Sunderland AFC and Foundation of Light, are backing a campaign for greater awareness and prevention of death by suicide.

Recent statistics show that one in five people have thought about suicide at some time in their life, with over 6,000 people dying by suicide in the UK each year. Sadly, approximately three-quarters of those deaths are amongst men and suicide is the leading cause of death in males age 20-49 years.

Whilst national rates remain high, some of the highest are in the North of England, with Sunderland and South Tyneside in particular having one of the highest rates across the North East region.

Putting footballing rivalries aside, the Foundation of Light is working with the North East Suicide Prevention Network and Newcastle United Foundation to tackle the problem through the #BeAGameChanger campaign which actively promotes open conversations and gives football fans the confidence to talk about mental health with their mates.

To show their support, Sunderland AFC will dedicate Saturdayโ€™s Sky Bet League One match against Accrington Stanley to the campaign, using the match day platform to encourage fans to check in with their friends and family and to have the confidence to ask if they are ok.

The Black Cats will wear branded #BeAGameChanger warm-up t-shirts and campaign messaging will be seen on screens around the Stadium of Light, including a new, poignant video starring Sunderland AFC players Carl Winchester, Louise Griffiths and Charlotte Potts.

Foundation staff will also be on hand to provide support and answer questions in the SAFC Fan Zone in the Beacon of Light from 12.30pm, alongside Sunderland Branch Liaison Councilโ€™s Match Day Mental Health Hub.

Over the last year, the Foundation has supported hundreds of people through free, bespoke mental health training for businesses and grassroots football clubs across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Sunderland AFC fan Connor Renwick, who took part in a #BeAGameChanger workshop, is encouraging colleagues, friends and family to open up about how they are feeling, “I learnt that the best thing to do is talk. The more we talk about mental awareness the less stigma there will be for people to come forward and get the help they need when they need it.

โ€œIt doesn’t help anyone keeping things bottled up, and I was always told a problem shared is a problem halved. Also, if you speak aloud about how you feel to your friends, family, or to a mental healthโ€ฏprofessional, then you’re on the right steps to getting yourself on the straight and narrow.

โ€œAnd if someone you care about opens up to you about how they’re feeling mentally, don’t worryโ€ฏabout saying the wrong thing, just listen to what they have to say and let them know you’re there from them.”

Foundation of Light Head of Sport and Wellbeing, Liz Barton-Jones said, โ€œThe devastating impact of suicide to the individual, their family and friends, colleagues and wider community is immeasurable and sadly something which has been felt across the Sunderland AFC supportersโ€™ family in recent times.

โ€œThere is a common misconception that talking to someone about suicide will give them the idea to try it. But the opposite is true; by asking someone directly about suicide, you give them chance to tell you how they feel and evidence shows asking someone if they’re suicidal can protect them and can save a life.

โ€œWe believe that every suicide is preventable if we work together to enable timely and evidence-based interventions. Be a Game Changer is a campaign designed to support those who need it most but to also give football fans from across the region the confidence to ask โ€œare you ok?โ€.

โ€œWe are really looking forward to the dedicated match day tomorrow to help spread the message that itโ€™s good to talk and to help more people live happier and healthier lives.โ€

Watch the Sunderland AFC #BeAGameChanger video below

To find out more about #BeAGameChanger click hereย ย 

To register your business or grassroots football club to take part in a free mental health workshop contact beagamechanger@foundationoflight.co.uk.

9 September 2021

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