Southend United, Southend United Community & Educational Trust (SUCET) and local mental health group Run Free all came together at Roots Hall to collectively mark World Mental Health Day today (Saturday 10th October) as part of Mind’s ‘Do One Thing’ campaign.
Mind’s ‘Do One Thing’ campaign aims to inspire people to make one small change or take one action to look after their mental health.
Taking place in the Blues Lounge, Blues boss Mark Molesley spoke with a range of participants from SUCET and members of 'Run Free' (a local initiative bringing people together through the power of sport) about mental health and its importance, especially during the time of Covid-19, and ways to better look after an individual’s mental wellbeing.
With Mind’s latest research revealing that more than 60% of adults and over two thirds of young people (68%) felt their mental health deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, encouraging conversations around our own mental health and that of others has never been more important.
David Baldwin, EFL Chief Executive, said: "Looking after our mental health and that of others has always been vital but as we all feel the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, it has never been more important to continue to raise awareness and encourage conversations around the subject.
"I’d encourage everyone to get involved and ‘Do One Thing’ - one small action may have a much bigger impact on those around you and help someone in need."
Supporters can get involved in the campaign by sharing their ‘One Thing’ of advice or activities across social media.
To watch a recap of the event, please click here.
For more information on how to get involved with the campaign on World Mental Health Day, see mind.org.uk/wmhd.