15 Feb Mental Health Awareness
We are committed to ensuring that all barriers to participating in sport are removed, and to allowing everybody, regardless of their personal circumstances, the opportunity to participate in and enjoy sport, and take advantage of all the related benefits that sport can offer.
As such, beginning on Monday 29th Feb 2016 WWSET are going to be running a 20 week block of football sessions, with support from the Berks & Bucks County FA, catering specifically for people who suffer from mental health issues.
It’s accepted that 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.
It’s also accepted that sport can help in people’s recovery, help to manage symptoms and can radically improve the quality of people’s lives.
In fact, for some people physical activity can be as powerful as medicine or therapy. In 2010 the Mental Health Foundation said that for people with depression…
“…studies have shown that exercise can be as effective as medication or psychotherapy. Exercise releases natural chemicals like adrenaline and serotonin. It also helps to release muscle tension, raises the body temperature and causes tiredness. These all help relieve stress and provide relaxation – this is of particular benefit for people with mental health problems.”
Here at WWSET we recognise that making friends, holding down a job, keeping fit and staying healthy are all perceived as being normal parts of everyday life. But the stigma that surrounds mental illness makes all of these things harder for people who have mental health problems. While attitudes to sexuality, ethnicity and other similar issues have improved, people with mental health problems are still often treated unfairly. Football can help to break this isolation and include people more in everyday life and their communities.
So, if you or somebody you know suffers from any type or degree of mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, isolation, self-esteem or confidence issues) please feel free to come and participate in the sessions we are delivering, , details of which can be seen below:
Venue: Cressex Centre, Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe , HP12 4QA
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Dates: Mon 29th Feb
Mon 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th* March
Mon 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th April
Mon 2nd*, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th* May
Mon 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June
Mon 4th, 11th July
*Bank holiday but session will still run as usual
In addition to the above, if you are reading this and feel like you would benefit from some support for an issue that you are facing, please contact local charity Wycombe Mind in the strictest of confidence and they would be only too happy to assist you. You can take a look at their website, which contains all their contact details, by clicking on the following link: www.wycombemind.org.uk