Notts County are proving that Football Clubs can have a positive impact on the mental health of their communities with more than one project focused on an individual’s wellbeing.
County’s two mental health projects ‘On The Ball’ and ‘Right Mind’ have successfully improved the mental health of 100’s of people across the county of Nottingham.
These projects provide a unique service in a non-clinical environment, and reach out to members of the public who may be put off from seeking assistance from more formal and assessment-based service.
On The Ball
“On The Ball gives me the motivation to get up and go which the medication takes away”. Dan has been a participant on On the Ball for over 5 years. See how the long standing project has helped him with his mental health journey.
On the Ball works with men over the age of 18 who suffer from a variety of mental health issues.
Using football as a way to engage participants, Notts County deliver mental health promotion messages, helping people understand their feelings and help them communicate. The project uses current, high-profile football examples in a half-time team talk to encourage participants to open up about topics around stress, anger management, communication, depression and anxiety, amongst others.
The project has been extremely successful, attracting large numbers of hard-to-reach participants, securing funding from high-profile charitable trusts and retaining participants who have a strong affiliation to the project.
Helen describes the Right Mind project as “life saving” after living with depression and ADHD. She talks about her experience here.
Right Mind is a women’s mental health and wellbeing programme which is perfect for women who want to improve their mental health, boost their energy levels and meet new people.
This is a free physical activity and social session. It is delivered in a fun and comfortable environment. The sessions vary depending on what the group wants to do from week to week.
To find out more visit: https://nottscountyfitc.org.uk/
Mind are the official charity partner of EFL. With over 21 million fans attending EFL matches each season (and 55 million watching on TV), this partnership is a brilliant opportunity for us to promote awareness and understanding of mental health amongst football fans, and to help more people living with mental health problems access the support they need.
Together we are harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of mental health, improve the approach to mental health in sport and raise funds to deliver life changing national and local support.
Text FOOTBALL to 70660 to donate £3 to Mind, and help make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.