Today is Blue Monday, which apart from being the biggest selling 12” record of all time, is reckoned to be the most depressing day of the year.
But for some people, mental health isn’t just a one day struggle. It affects lives 365 days of the year.
Depression and anxiety can be debilitating and in some cases fatal.
You can make a difference. If you are worried about someone, ask if they’re ok. REALLY ask if they’re ok. Don’t necessarily take the first answer you’re given. Offer them a cup of tea and a chat. Let them know that you’re there if they need you AND MEAN IT.
If you’re suffering with your mental health, you don’t have to do so alone. It’s ok not to be ok. People love you and care about you, even people you haven’t met.
The best thing that anyone can do to improve mental health is to talk about mental health. Remove the stigma.
As a club, we have seen good examples this season of how players and staff have supported each other and have looked out for one another. We feel that strongly about it that we have written it into the code of conduct which all of our players and staff have signed up to.
For those outside of our club, this might seem like a faceless website, but there are REAL people on the other end of it who will talk to you and support you if you need a chat. Don’t be afraid to drop us a message.
The best day to start looking after your mental health is today.
Here are a few helpful resources:
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hours)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hours)
National Gambling Helpline
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)