Published Thursday 13th May 2021 by Ian Ross, Aberdare Town Club Chaplain This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and as the newly appointed Club Chaplain of the Club I thought I would share my thoughts on such an important issue. Every year in the UK 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health problem. If you are feeling low or anxious or struggling to cope, you really are not alone. It’s okay to not be okay, and you don’t have to stay ‘not okay’. There is hope, and help is just a conversation away. We are often way more attuned to our physical health condition than we are our mental health, but it is important that we check up on ourselves and each other. Mental Health is everyone’s business, and we can all play a part in changing things for the better. It is easy to ask, “how are you?” But not as easy to follow that up by genuinely offering someone the time and safe space to respond. The ITV’s Get Britain Talking campaign is excellent,and we also need to get Britain listening. Listening really listening is powerful. A simple expression of genuine concern followed up with a listening ear and an encouragement to seek help, can change the course of a person’s life for the better. So, let’s check up on ourselves and each other, and let’s remember that we need to take our mental health, and that of everyone around us, seriously. We can look after our mental health through such things as eating healthily, exercising, connecting with others, prayer, getting out into nature, and there are tremendous well-being benefits in helping others, and of course… asking for help. Earlier this year Aberdare Town FC partnered with Sports Chaplaincy UK because the club takes seriously the well being of all its players, coaches, staff, and all associated with the club. Sports Chaplaincy UK specialises in providing amateur and professional sports clubs from local level right up to international level across the UK with Sport’s Chaplains. It currently has over 600 Chaplains placed with sports clubs. As a Sports Chaplaincy UK chaplain at Aberdare Town my role is to provide a non-judgemental listening ear in total confidence to any who need someone to talk to – not just about on the field stuff, but the wider things in life. If I can be of any support to you, please email me at chaplain@aberdaretownfc.co.uk . Sports Chaplaincy UK and the Mental Health Foundation have also produced a booklet promoting well being among sports people. This book, ‘Head In For Success – supporting the wellbeing of the elite or dedicated athlete and player’, is available as an online pdf. You can download a copy below
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Published Thursday 13th May 2021 by Ian Ross, Aberdare Town Club Chaplain This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and as the newly appointed Club Chaplain of the Club I thought I would share my thoughts on such an important issue. Every year in the UK 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health problem. If you are feeling low or anxious or struggling to cope, you really are not alone. It’s okay to not be okay, and you don’t have to stay ‘not okay’. There is hope, and help is just a conversation away. We are often way more attuned to our physical health condition than we are our mental health, but it is important that we check up on ourselves and each other. Mental Health is everyone’s business, and we can all play a part in changing things for the better. It is easy to ask, “how are you?” But not as easy to follow that up by genuinely offering someone the time and safe space to respond. The ITV’s Get Britain Talking campaign is excellent,and we also need to get Britain listening. Listening really listening is powerful. A simple expression of genuine concern followed up with a listening ear and an encouragement to seek help, can change the course of a person’s life for the better. So, let’s check up on ourselves and each other, and let’s remember that we need to take our mental health, and that of everyone around us, seriously. We can look after our mental health through such things as eating healthily, exercising, connecting with others, prayer, getting out into nature, and there are tremendous well-being benefits in helping others, and of course… asking for help. Earlier this year Aberdare Town FC partnered with Sports Chaplaincy UK because the club takes seriously the well being of all its players, coaches, staff, and all associated with the club. Sports Chaplaincy UK specialises in providing amateur and professional sports clubs from local level right up to international level across the UK with Sport’s Chaplains. It currently has over 600 Chaplains placed with sports clubs. As a Sports Chaplaincy UK chaplain at Aberdare Town my role is to provide a non- judgemental listening ear in total confidence to any who need someone to talk to not just about on the field stuff, but the wider things in life. If I can be of any support to you, please email me at chaplain@aberdaretownfc.co.uk . Sports Chaplaincy UK and the Mental Health Foundation have also produced a booklet promoting well being among sports people. This book, ‘Head In For Success supporting the wellbeing of the elite or dedicated athlete and player’, is available as an online pdf. You can download a copy below
Mental Health Awareness Week
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