#MHAW2017: 'Get Set To Go' - Football and Mental Health

Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They also support the sport sector to put mental health on the agenda. They believe in the power of sport to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. Football is no exception to this.

Football can contribute to people’s fitness, happiness and quality of life. There’s a great recent example from football coach, Annie Zaidi who has was recently interviewed by Mind for the Asian Sports Foundation shares her story and her experiences. You can read more about Annie’s story here:

http://asiansportsfoundation.org/?news=interview-from-mind-for-the-asian-sports-foundation

“Football was the one thing that made me feel alive”

This is a great example of how, not just playing football but being involved as a coach can help give people a focus and put a positive twist on their own mental health.

Mind are working with football and other sports through a national programme called Get Set to Go. Through local Mind services, they aim to offer sports provision to people who have mental health problems and feel sport can be a positive step in their recovery. You can find out more about this programme here -  http://www.mind.org.uk/sport

If anyone is interested in getting involved in football linked to disability or mental health then please do get in touch as I’d love to hear from more people across the capital getting involved.

Steve McFadyen, Disability Football Development Officer, London FA: Steven.mcfadyen@londonfa.com