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1 Joe Nickel Project Manager Football and MH action group

2 Football and MH action group The project Why football and mental health? What is the project going to achieve? How is it going to do this? How can – how should! – your clubs get involved?

3 Football and MH action group: partnership Kick It Out Premier League Football Foundation League Managers Assoc. Mental Heath Foundation The FA PFA Time to Change Sporting Chance Clinic Football League Trust Football clubs

4 Mental health problems – physical impacts People with mental health problems are likely to have: 2-4 times greater risk of cardiovascular disease 2-4 times greater risk of respiratory disease 5 times greater risk of diabetes Life expectancy for a person with schizophrenia - potentially 10 years less - due to poorer physical health

5 Physical activity – mental results “Physical activity is effective in the treatment of clinical depression, and can be as successful as psychotherapy or medication, particularly in the long term.” Chief Medical Officer [Details at the Mental Health Foundation website:

6 What does the project want to achieve? Social contact – challenge stigma and discrimination in football

7 How is the project going to achieve this? Best practice Grassroots education Football events PR & campaigning

8 Best practice Simple guide for (new) MH projects Using experience of existing, established projects Aims: Help new projects get established and become effective Hosted on The FA website Launched in next 3 months

9 Grassroots education Short MH awareness courses Delivered to mainstream, grassroots coaches Trainers have: – Passion for grassroots sport – Experience of coaching or training – Experience of MH problems: SOCIAL CONTACT Aim: Train 1,250 coaches by end July

10 Football events One-off events at each PL club Mini-tournament, short sided pitches Possibly skills coaching? Coaches, officials, players – all a mix of people with and without MH problems: SOCIAL CONTACT Encouraging long-term integration into mainstream, grassroots clubs June / July

11 PR & campaigning Using football structures and organisations – clubs, The FA, Kick It Out Build on campaigning work of IYGs projects Key tool – video: SOCIAL CONTACT Joe and Keith to follow up with Press / PR depts

12 What do I need from PL clubs? 1)Coaches’ MH awareness training: –Rooms (and DATES!) –Promotion with IYGs participants – as trainers? 2)Football activity days: SUPPORT: –Venues (and DATES!) –Branding – use club name –Promotion with IYGs participants 3)Campaigning: Support with your Press / PR dept

13 What do I need from PL clubs - NOW? 1)Coaches’ MH awareness training: –Rooms (and DATES!) –Promotion with IYGs participants – as trainers? 2)Football activity days: SUPPORT: –Venues (and DATES!) –Branding – use club name –Promotion with 3)Campaigning: Support with your Press / PR dept

14 What do I need from PL clubs - NOW? 1)Coaches’ MH awareness training: –Rooms (and DATES!) –Promotion with IYGs participants – as trainers? 2)Football activity days: SUPPORT: –Venues (and DATES!) –Branding – use club name –Promotion with 3)Campaigning: Support with your Press / PR dept


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