Dunstable Town Football Club will be raising money for mental health and fighting against mental health stigma this season.
The club has chosen to support Mind, the mental health charity, as their charity of the year, to give a voice to footballers affected by mental health problems and send the message that mental health is just as important as physical health.
The club will support the charity by raising vital funds throughout the season and will offer free training sessions, run by qualified coaches, to local Mind organisations and their service users. The club will also offer safe spaces for Mind members to come and watch home games at discounted rates.
Each year, one in four of us will seek help for a mental health problem and suicide is the most common form of death in males aged between 20-49 years in England and Wales.
Neil Barker, Dunstable Town Chairman, said: “There have been some high profile cases of footballers taking the brave and principled stand to announce their own mental ill health, hoping it would encourage others to seek help. Sadly there has been similarly high profile cases of footballers that have taken their own lives when mental wellbeing seemed unobtainable.
“Its’s crucial for us as a club that we send the important message that everyone has mental health, just as they have physical health, and that we as a club foster an environment of open conversation and support. Mind has a brilliant reputation of being advocates for those often without a voice as they seek recovery and wellbeing, often through difficult personal and systemic pathways. We want to help raise funds for Mind to ensure that there is mental health support for anyone who needs it”.
The Club’s first fundraiser for mental health is this Sunday, 29th July 2018, where a team of club supporters take on Bedford Royals at Creasey Park Stadium, Dunstable, LU6 1BB. Admission is free but donations would be greatly appreciated. Kick off is 2pm.
Karen Bolton, Head of Community and Events Fundraising for Mind, said: “We’re tremendously grateful to Dunstable Town Football Club for choosing Mind as its charity of the year. Not only is it a fantastic way to raise awareness about mental health problems, but all funds raised over the course of the year will mean that Mind can continue providing vital services, like our Infoline, so that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”
Dunstable Town Football Club also enjoys a partnership with Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, offering work experience and coaching sessions with players to the pupils of the special school that supports students who cannot maintain progress in mainstream educational settings.
The club also has a dedicated youth set up which includes two Ability Counts teams.
For more information please contact the club secretary;