Leeds United game will be used to raise awareness for Mental Health
- Game will help highlight the work of local mental health charities
- Members of Andy’s Man Club’s Huddersfield and Leeds branches in attendance
- The Town Foundation’s Mental Health team playing five-a-side game at half-time
Saturday’s Yorkshire Derby against Leeds United at the John Smith’s Stadium will raise awareness of Mental Health by promoting the hard work of local charities.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. Research conducted by Mind last year showed that over half of people (56%) agree that football fans find it easier to show their emotions at football matches than at any other time.
Andy’s Man Club are a men’s group, originally set up in nearby Halifax by people affected by suicide, who have become one of the most important organisations working to help men today. Their group sessions are run exclusively by unpaid volunteers and they have 25 clubs across the UK that all follow exactly the same format.
Members from Andy’s Man Club’s Huddersfield and Leeds branches will be situated in front of the Core Stand Lower Tier, near the Players’ Entrance’ pre-match on Saturday handing out leaflets and talking to anyone who wants to know more.
Weather permitting, they will also be taking on the Huddersfield Town Foundation in a five-a-side match on the pitch! The Foundation’s team is made up of five players from their regular Mental Health sessions.
The mental health team have been playing together for just over a year and have competed in many different competitions and tournaments that have took them to places such as Everton, Watford, Good Mood League, Ability Counts (Leeds) and Harrogate.
A chance to play on the pitch at half time gives the participants a fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity but also the stage to promote mental health and wellbeing, to promote awareness and begin to break down barriers.
Town’s match day programme, ‘The Terrier’, will also be centred around raising awareness of Mental Health. The Leeds edition will include an exclusive interview with a member of Andy’s Man Club, as well as details about the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s weekly Mental Health Football sessions, including how you can get involved.
The only way we can lower the devastating statistics that come from not talking to anyone is to talk to somebody! It’s ok to talk but it is also important to listen!
Here are some organisations that could help:
Single Point Of Access Team
Phone: 01924 316830
IAPT Kirklees (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
Phone: 01484 343700
Phone: 116 123
Support To Recovery (S2R)
Phone: 01484 539531
Andy’s Man Club Huddersfield
Meets every Monday at 7pm
Huddersfield Fire Station Community Room
Andy’s Man Club Leeds
Meets every Monday at 7pm
Leeds College of Building
North Street Leeds
Phone: 0800 585 858
Phone: 0300 123 33393
Phone: 0845 769 7555
Phone: 0300 999 1212
Phone: 01484 450866