The English Football League and its Clubs will once again come together with charity partner, Mind, to collectively recognise World Mental Health Day which takes place this Sunday 10th October.
Across the week, EFL Clubs will ‘Do One Thing’ as an act of kindness to someone deserving within their local communities, with Mind campaigning that if we all do one thing to fight for mental health, we can change everything.
Coventry City and their official charity arm, Sky Blues in the Community (SBitC), have teamed up to surprise some of the participants on the SBitC mental health programme ‘MENtalk’.
MENtalk has been running since February 2021 and it aims to improve the mental health for male residents of Coventry and Warwickshire by giving them a space to meet and take part in physical and creative activities as well as mental health workshops.
Participants have described Sky Blues in the Community’s programme as life-saving, and as part of Mind and the EFL’s ‘Do One Thing’ initiative, three MENtalk members got the chance to visit the Coventry City training ground and meet with Club Captain, Liam Kelly, who listened to their mental health journeys and gifted them signed shirts.
Liam Kelly, as well as being Club Captain, is Health Ambassador for Sky Blues in the Community and he is acutely aware of how important mental health is:
“Mental Health, especially amongst men, is becoming more and more of an important topic, so it’s really positive that SBitC have this project available to men in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”
To find out more information and for how to get involved with ‘Do One Thing’ on World Mental Health Day, please visit: mind.org.uk/EFL
For more information about SBitC's mental health projects, please contact Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02476 786 349