STOKE CITY are helping to raise awareness of mental health by providing support and activities for those affected by mental health issues.
The Club have a long-standing relationship with 'It’s a Goal' and each week host at the bet365 Stadium a talking therapy sessions, led by Tim Hamlett, a specialist mental health professional who works for the local NHS.
A recent session was visited by Mamady Sidibe, who spoke in depth to the group about mental health with regards to being active and eating healthy.
He also spoke about how professional footballers are affected by the mental side of the game and the effects this can have on individuals, just as it does everyone else in society.
Stoke City Community Trust have also recently launched the 'It’s A Goal Physical Therapy Session', a football-based activity that takes place at the Club’s Dome facility every Friday between 3.00pm and 4.30pm.
In just seven weeks we have 28 young men and women attending the session and last month seven of them represented the Club in an away game against a Burnley mental health team, winning 3-2.
One in four adults will have a mental health issue at some time in their life and it’s estimated that more than 14,000 children and young people each year will experience emotional and mental health concerns.
What’s more, 46 percent of people who live in Stoke-on-Trent and receive incapacity benefits are doing so because of mental health problems.
The Potters are working with various mental health organisations and have built lasting relationships with Changes Health & Wellbeing based in Stoke.
Their CEO Dave Wheat said: "The promotion of good mental health is a significant issue we are addressing locally.
"We have many services established to help and support people affected by mental health issues which can be accessed following a call to us here at Victoria Court in Stoke - 01782 413101. You can also contact us by emailing [email protected].”