Choose to Talk and Help Change Lives
Hertfordshire FA is supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 February and encouraging everyone in football to choose to talk about mental health
Choosing to talk can make a real difference to someone’s life, and when one in four of us experience a mental health problem in any given year, it’s important that we are not afraid to start the conversation.
Time to Talk Day is run by Time to Change and aims to help spread the word that you can talk about mental health anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to have all the answers, in fact often just listening is enough.
Find out more about how you can get involved and help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination by visiting the website.
It’s great to start the conversation and your support could be a game changer in your players, coaches and supporters’ attitudes towards mental health. Just having the chance to talk and realise others understand how you feel can make a big difference.
However sometimes these conversations can bring up some difficult things that people may not have spoken about before. This might mean that they need some extra support.
Below you’ll find a list of organisations that can help you, or someone else:
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 – 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. They also run services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.
Telephone: 116 123 – 24 hours a day, free to call
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 – 4.30pm to 10.30pm, everyday
A national out-of-hours helpline offering emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by a mental health problem, including family, friends and carers.