To commemorate World Mental Health Day last week, our recent fixture v Rotherham United was one that the Community Trust and Football Club worked together on to make the focus around mental health. You can read more about what the day entailed by clicking here.
As part of our marketing campaign for this, we produced several videos from people involved with the Community Trust, to tell their story. They can be viewed by clicking here. We also invited charities to attend the game, promote their information and raise awareness by having a marketplace in the South Stand. We also invited 100 people from the community (linked to supporting positive mental health) to attend the game.
Blackpool FC Community Trust are also working with Supporting Minds to offer a Stress Control course. This is free to attend and will take place at Bloomfield Road for six consecutive weeks starting on Thursday 31st October from 5.30-7pm. The programme will look to give people techniques to reduce stress by learning better coping strategies. For further information or to find out how to book, please click here.
Additionally, we have also developed and launched several new education programmes that each have a focus on mental health. To read more about these programmes, please click on the links below.
PL Inspires – https://www.bfcct.co.uk/new-programme-pl-inspires/
Unstoppable – https://www.bfcct.co.uk/new-programme-unstoppable/
Changing Rooms – https://www.bfcct.co.uk/new-programme-changing-rooms/
Alternate Education – https://www.bfcct.co.uk/alternate-education-reaches-more-students/
We are also working in partnership with several other charities and organisations in Blackpool to host an event at the stadium that will have a focus on raising awareness around mental health, and specifically suicide prevention. To read more about this event or to sign up, please Click here.
Finally, working in partnership with Public Health and Active Blackpool, we have recently re-launched our Get Set To Go programme (see attached). This free football session takes place every week at Stanley Park and uses football to support positive mental health through physical activity and creating stronger peer-support networks. This is a great example of Public Health, Active Blackpool and Blackpool FC Community Trust working in partnership to support the community.
We are very proud of the work we do to support positive mental health, but it is not over yet as we have much more planned for the future. So please do sign up for our newsletter to make sure you receive regular updates. Also follow us on twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.