Southend United Community & Educational Trust teamed up with the South East & Central Essex branch of Mind as part of World Mental Health Day.
Mind CEO, Ken Sanderson along with Blues’ first-team players Sam Barratt and John White attended a monthly Senior Shrimpers Club held at Roots Hall Stadium.
The activity comes as part of a football season in which EFL and Mind have joined forces in a pioneering partnership that seeks to use the power of football to improve the nation’s mental health.
Sam and John discussed their own experiences as well as fellow teammates and the importance of mental health in today’s game, emphasising how important it is to speak out about the matter and the support available to people who are suffering.
Ken Sanderson spoke about the work Mind undertake and the support that they can give people, with the Senior Shrimpers club being the perfect opportunity to showcase current issues that need to be tackled.
Ken was also fully behind the partnership “To have a relationship with football clubs like Southend United is excellent as it helps us further build the awareness around mental health and make people realise it’s ok to talk about their problems and people are there to help.”
Blues winger Sam Barratt also emphasised the statistics “For a lot of young players, all they know is football and they may not think they will ever be affected by mental health but the stats don’t lie unfortunately and one in four people will be affected by some form of mental health whether it is triggered by an injury, dip of form or personal struggles.
“The partnership with Mind is a great opportunity for players to help themselves and the public with mental health issues by making fans realise that it’s ok to not be ok.”
The Senior Shrimpers programme delivers a monthly café held at the stadium offering opportunities to help people overcome social isolation as they get older. The programme is designed for those aged over 55, to remain social and keep active.
Through these sessions the members have access to information and support appropriate to their individual health, social and financial needs.
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Call April Smith on 01702 341351 for more information.