Fine and Dandi

Fine and Dandi

By Anthony Thompson
3 August
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“It’s Okay Not to Be Okay”

We are proud to announce that we have agreed a partnership with Fine and Dandi.

Fine and Dandi raise awareness around mental health, diversity and inclusion. Fine and Dandi is a place where people can share their experiences to show others that “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” and that it is okay to talk about a problem without having to suffer in silence.

Mental health can affect 1 in 4 people in the UK every year and as many as 1 in 10 children and young people. We want to encourage everyone to be themselves, talk to others, talk to us and help us reduce the stigma around mental health by showing others that “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” and more importantly that no one needs to suffer in silence or alone.

Over the coming weeks you will start to see the Fine and Dandi logo displayed across playing kits for both men’s and women’s teams. In turn, Fine and Dandi will become Whitley Bay Barbarians ‘Mental Health First Aider’ which will give the club, the staff and the players more awareness around mental health, encourage players to talk as well as offering additional support for players.

On the linkup Steven from Fine and Dandi said “Whitley Bay Barbarians have been fantastic and very open to it all. It’s great that the players can express themselves on the pitch, but we also want to encourage players (and staff) to open up, talk and look after their mental health”.

“The most important thing is to let players talk, especially as the younger generation are more wary about opening up – they need to feel that they can do so, without pressure and without being judged.”

On forming the linkup with Fine and Dandi, Whitley Bay Barbarians Chairperson Kristen Whinfield said “As a community rugby league club we are always looking to support our players and provide a welcoming and enriching environment. We’ve always been passionate about equality and diversity and offering a safe space for everyone.
Following the recent “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” movement we wanted to be able to raise awareness of mental health and promote not suffering in silence. Our partnership with Fine and Dandi is something we are very excited about, not only are we gaining a wealth of knowledge we will have a dedicated mental health first aider on hand to support our players and volunteers.”

Whitley Bay Barbarians Woman and Girls Section Manager and Vice Chair Kev Shanks also said ”It makes us really proud to be able to promote this much needed charity. Displaying the logo will hopefully encourage people to ask about Fine and Dandi as mental health plays huge part in everyone’s lives but isn’t talked about enough.
As manager of our women and girls section and vice chairman of the club the wellbeing of all players is my uppermost concern.
So getting this very important message out there, “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” for players, staff and supporters alike makes us really proud to work with Fine and Dandi and hopefully this will help the people who need it most.”

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