Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Mental health is something that is often spoken about, but it is still something we often ignore.
Everyone has times where they don’t feel great, whether that be stressed or feeling down or something else. However, if these feelings hang around it is worth seeking some help.
At Finsbury Park RFC we are more than just a rugby club, we are a community and we are here to support you.We are always here to listen, but if you want someone else to talk to, you can always speak to your local GP. They can help you to create a mental health plan.
These sites also have some useful information:
The Moodzone is the mental health site from the NHS. It has information about mental health as well treatment options and peoples stories.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. As of 2019, Finsbury Park RFC have partnered with CALM to help better look after the mental health of its members. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. CALM offer support, aim to challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, push for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented and support those bereaved by suicide.
SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles published in The Times entitled The Forgotten Illness. SANE has three main objectives linked to their aims and outcomes:
1. To raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services;
2. To provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public;
3. To initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness.
Mind say they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to their information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales.
• https://www.samaritans.org/ Samaritans helpline available 24/7, 365 - 116 123 (free)