This November, sports clubs across the West of England are working together to encourage men to get real and start talking about their mental health.
Statistically, men are less likely to reach out for help when struggling with mental health issues. To help tackle this, local sports clubs including Bristol Bears, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers along with local councils and the Clinical Commissioning Group have joined forces to raise awareness and get men thinking about their mental health.
In support of Movember 2018, all partners will be promoting www.letsgetreal.uk a website signposting to the support available to anyone struggling with mental health and promoting top tips and activities in the local area. Members of the public can test their awareness and understanding of mental health issues and be in with a chance of winning a range of sporting prizes donated by partners.
Dr Peter Brindle, Medical Director at BNSSG CCG said: “We need to work together with our partners, the local community and the public to reduce the stigma around mental health.
“This is a really important campaign as so many people experience mental ill health at some point in their life and every suicide is a tragedy that impacts families and communities in such a terrible way. We want to ensure everyone knows where to go for support.”
Bristol Sport chairman, Jon Lansdown said: “Bristol Sport has been a strong supporter of Movember over the years and we’re delighted to continue that partnership again.
“In the past few weeks, we’ve seen our professional athletes share personal stories about their own battles with mental health, which ties in with the focus of this year’s Movember campaign.
“Our players and coaches will be supporting the campaign in traditional style by growing moustaches, as well as raising awareness of men’s health.”
Matchday events will be taking place on the 10th November at Bristol City, 17th November at Bristol Rovers and 24th November at Bristol Bears. These events will be an opportunity to talk to volunteers and enter the free prize draw.
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