On Wednesday 10th October, the world recognises World Mental Health Day to raise awareness and show support for better mental health.
In the summer, the EFL and Mind, national mental health charity, announced their charity partnership for the next two seasons.
The partnership has already made its mark. You may have noticed the ‘squiggle’ on the back of every Bantams’ shirt, this is the first time that a charity logo has been incorporated into the player name.
The EFL, Mind and the Club want to let everyone know, no matter how they are feeling that we are #OnYourSide.
We have been working with Mind In Bradford to discuss how we can work together to tackle the stigma of mental health.
But to show the Club’s support ahead of World Mental Health Day, Mind In Bradford’s football team will be playing on the pitch at half-time.
We spoke to Alan Wilson, Mental Health Practitioner at Mind In Bradford, and he said: “They’re going to love it. To be out in front of all of those people, be seen and be supported…it’s massive for confidence, and for purpose.”
“Doing something good for the community and getting to perform in front of a crowd. Anyone who’s done it will tell you the buzz you feel afterwards is great by having people cheer your name and doing something for the community. Purpose is everything.”
You will also see a piece from Mind In Bradford in our matchday programme, The Parader, about this seasons partnership with the EFL.
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, we visited Mind In Bradford to discuss the importance of sport and mental health:
For more information, visit www.mindinbradford.org.uk
For general enquiries, including booking into an introductory session to find out about Wellbeing groups and services, ring 01274 730815, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind in Bradford’s Guide-Line confidential telephone counselling line offers help, support, information and advice every day of the year between 12 and 9pm on 01274 594 594.
First response crisis support is available 24 hours a day on 01274 221181. Mind in Bradford runs a Sanctuary service for those in crisis with referrals via First Response.
Mind infoline – call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.
There are many other groups and services in the Bradford district, which Guide-Line can guide people to, and the Samaritans is always available on 116 123.
Social media: Twitter @MindinBradford.
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