Mental Health Awareness Evening – Thursday 11th March

It’s been a tough year or so for everybody, life had plenty of challenges before COVID-19 came along and exacerbated them, being well into our third lockdown, our mental health has never been more important.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year and over 10% of the population have depression at any one time.

On the 11th March we held our Mental Health Awareness evening via Zoom, hosted by Michael Bailey.

Guests included Mental Health Advocate, City fan and former MP Sir Norman Lamb, former Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin, Norwich City FP & YDP Player Care Manager Carys Dalton and NCFC academy player Mental Health Ambassador Jon McCracken.

Despite the glamour of the game we all adore, mental health is still a silent threat to those we idolise every weekend, with the stigma still intact.

Michael Bailey did a fantastic job speaking to our wonderful guests on what was a thoroughly uplifting and inspiring evening.

The social club also invited 16 mental health professional groups and charities to be part of this event and a spokesperson for each group were given time to explain the services they offer to help people. It was great to see some of the services on offer and the wonderful people behind them.

Please find information regarding all of the groups who attended the event below:

12th Man

The 12th Man campaign helps men talk more openly about mental health. It encourages them to be the 12th Man for their families, friends, colleagues and other people in their lives.

Time Norfolk is a registered charity with the aim of supporting women, their partners who need support following a pregnancy loss or infant death, or other pregnancy related issues eg infertility, pre or post-natal depression

We’re Norfolk and Waveney Mind, the mental health charity that believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.

Find out more about Norfolk and Waveney Mind

OCD Action provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.

Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services is a not-for-profit Occupational Therapy practice providing mental health services to young people from the age of 11 years old up and adults in areas of Norfolk.

ADHD Norfolk recognises ADHD/ADD as a complex but easily treatable condition, which can have a profound effect on individuals, families, schools and society.

Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children.

Lift Loud for Danny‘s mission is to raise awareness of mental health difficulties, especially mental health and autism as Daniel had autism which meant the support he needed had to be more specialised

Community Sports Foundation

Run For Me is a community running group, which has an added focus on supporting its participants’ mental health and wellbeing. The group meets twice a week for a 60-minute running session led by qualified running coaches, followed by a 30-minute social session.

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Wellbeing is important to us all. We want to feel good about ourselves, to get the most out of our lives and feel connected to other people. ‘Wellbeing’ means feeling more than just happy and confident, it means feeling able to cope when things get tough in our lives or when our physical health suffers.

Julian Support work with the strengths of people with mental health difficulties, to help them lead an independent life of their choice.

We are Match of the Dads, an FA affiliated 5 a side football league for Dads in and around Norwich, playing at the FDC in Bowthorpe in Norwich on Monday evenings between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. We also have a great group of Dads based in Flintshire too.

From starting out as 12 unhappy, unhealthy, socially frustrated Dads meeting up on a Monday night to have a kick about, we have grown together to a group of over 100 Dads who play football and socialise every week, whilst also raising thousands of pounds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) male mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity to help Dads and others in distress get the support they need.

MensCraft supports boys and men of all ages. We offer information, activities and programmes to meet the challenges of each different life stage. Our approach is strengths based and promotes a deeper understanding of masculinity and equalities.

We support young men making the transition to adulthood; men as fathers and those experiencing difficulties for example in their family lives or with their mental health.

We provide one-to-one support and access to other specialist services. Our range of activities give boys and men purpose, the opportunity for connection with others, and opportunities for improved wellbeing.

We help children, young people and families in Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with challenges in their lives, bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support.

More here.

We are established as the independent body to work alongside clubs, organisations and other charitable bodies to further enhance safeguarding at all levels of sport.

The Offside Trust works to combat child abuse in sport and support the healing journey of survivors.

We are building partnerships, and learning how we can make the greatest difference where it is needed most.

We are an organisation run BY SURVIVORS, FOR SURVIVORS. We can help you to navigate the first steps along your healing journey and offer practical advice and support from people who understand exactly what you are going through.

Headway UK provides support and guidance to a network of locally-run groups and branches across the UK and Channel Islands. They offer a wide range of services, including brain injury rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social reintegration, community outreach and respite care.

Watch out for more details about this event and others on our website, on twitter @NorwichCityFSC or on our Facebook page Norwich City Fans Social Club.

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