Rotherham United are proud to be showing their support to EFL charity partner Mind as they mark the 2019 World Mental Health Day.
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.
The Millers are hoping that through their efforts they are able to reiterate the message that it is ‘okay to talk’.
In support of the day, the club’s Community Sports Trust will be re-airing a video on their social media channels which was created around a mental health project over the summer, while the recent fixture against Coventry City was dedicated to the work of the Mind charity.
RUCST will also reinforce their own and the club’s desire to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues by reminding supporters of the ongoing mental health projects which are currently up and running in the local community,
Their efforts have included the recent running of a programme aimed at suicide prevention which targeted vulnerable adults in the Rotherham community with the aim of providing the support needed to help them live life to the fullest.
The project ran thanks to funding from Public Health Rotherham and Bupa UK Foundation, with each session running for two hours split into one hour of football and one-hour workshop with speakers coming from organization’s such as Samaritans, Mind, Change Grow Live and Citizens advice. Each talk offered support and advice on multiple problems that these adults had experienced and are vulnerable to in their life. The talks included drug and alcohol problems, combating suicidal thoughts and debt management.
The programme attracted nine people to get involved, after six originally signed up to a two-night residential trip to the Derbyshire countryside where they took part in activities such as weaselling and rock climbing as well as social activities.
The Community Sports Trust also runs a Mature Millers group which involves a number of activites including walking football and a reminiscing section, which provides the group with a platform to talk to other members about a whole host of topics.