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Projects launched for World Mental Health Day


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With this Saturday being marked as World Mental Health Day the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust have a number of projects that are being launched.

The EFL are also working with charity partner Mind to continue their work towards better mental health with their 'Do One Thing' campaign.

The club's Community Sports Trust team also have plenty planned for the weekend, with the following events on the agenda in the local area. 

In total, the Trust have 15 qualified mental health first aiders who cover delivery across all the projects.

Premier League Kicks Workshop

On Saturday, the Trust will be bringing together a selection of young people from their weekly Premier League Kicks sessions (aged 12+) for some football activities.

The classes will then be followed by a workshop on mental health awareness, with the young participants learning more about the issues and how they can focus on their own mental health.

Unity League

This Saturday marks the first week of the new season for the teams in the Unity League, which is a weekly adult football league for those who have been affected by mental health issues, the matches allowing players to get together and play small-sided matches.

Local organisations including Dorset Mental Health Forum and the YMCA are represented by those who use their services as a form of football therapy as well as using the weekly sessions for socialising.

Relaunch of Sport and Social Sessions (formerly REACH)

Working in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum, the Trust are delighted to be bringing back weekly sessions at Vitality Stadium.

The sessions are designed for those aged 16+ who have experienced mental health difficulties.

The hour-long session is a turn-up-and-play football event, which helps it's participants to socialise and reintegrate back into organised activities.

Get involved

To find out more about any of the projects mentioned above or to enquire about availability contact head of community Steve Cuss via [email protected] or on 07973 893594.

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