Mental Health Awareness in Football

Lets Talk About Mental Health

We have a new instalment of our webinar series, A Conversation With London FA

We're pleased to invite you to attend the next instalment of our webinar series, A Conversation with London FA.

This Q&A session is a titled Let's Talk About Mental Health with the following panellists:

Vicki McGarrigle (Communication & Inclusion Officer with Minds United FC)

Vicki McGarrigle is the Communication & Inclusion Officer with Minds United FC. Minds United set up in 2019 to support adults with mental health issues and substance abuse. Since 2019, the club has grown to offer both recreational Just Play centres and competitive fixtures for both men and women. Minds United use football as a medium to connect with the community and reduce isolation.

Michael Winspear (Peer Support Worker for Coping Through Football)

Michael Winspear is a Peer Support Worker for Coping Through Football, a project that demonstrated how two sporting charities, London Playing Fields Foundation & Leyton Orient Trust, can work with the NHS to produce a sustainable recovery model to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people experiencing mental health issues. The aim is to use the football experience to get fitter, increase levels of self-esteem and confidence, make new friends and ultimately to help people get their lives back on track.

Peter Byrom & Craig Spivey (Sands United)

Peter Byrom is the Sports Mental Health Wellbeing Coordinator for Sands & Craig Spivey is Sands United Community Lead. Sands is the leading stillbirth & neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands United FC is a unique way for dads and other bereaved family members to come together through a shared love of sport and find a support network where they can feel at ease talking about their grief when they're ready.

Luis Mackness (Projects Manager at CALM)

Luis Mackness is Project Manager for Campaign Against Living Miserably, otherwise known as CALM. The charity looks to take a stand against suicide by provoking conversation, running life-saving services and bring people together. This is done via frontline services, national campaigns and building communities. 

Our panellists will share their experiences within football, answering questions surrounding mental health and how football can support those suffering with mental health issues. There will also be an opportunity to ask your own questions at the end.

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022
Time: 6:30pm start, 8:00pm finish (log on from 6:15pm)
Access: TEAMs link which will be sent out on the day of the event.


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