The Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (SET) are delighted to be launching a series of football sessions catering specifically for people who suffer from mental health issues.The sessions begin from Monday 29th February and run for 20 weeks, with support from the Berks & Bucks County Football Association.
Amongst SET’s primary charitable aims is the improvement of the health of those who live in the local community, both physically and mentally, and ensuring that all barriers to participating in sport are removed.
In doing so, everybody, regardless of their personal circumstances, should have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy sport, and take advantage of all the related benefits that sport can offer.
It’s accepted that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year, and over 10% of the population have depression at any one time. It’s also accepted that sport can help in people’s recovery, help to manage symptoms and can radically improve the quality of people’s lives.
SET recognise that making friends, holding down a job, keeping fit and staying healthy are all perceived as being normal parts of everyday life, but the stigma that surrounds mental illness makes all of these things harder for people who have mental health problems. While attitudes to sexuality, ethnicity and other similar issues have improved, people with mental health problems are still often treated unfairly. Football can help to break this isolation and include people more in everyday life and their communities.
Those who suffer from any type or degree of mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, isolation, self-esteem or confidence issues) who would like to take part in this sessions should feel free to come along to the Cressex Centre on Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe (postcode HP12 4QA) on the following dates, from 1-2.30pm. There’s no need to book but you can call 01494 455736 for further information.
Mondays 29th February, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March, 28th* March, 4th April, 11th April, 18th April, 25th April, 2nd* May, 9th May, 16th May, 23rd May, 30th*, 6th June, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July.
*indicates a bank holiday but sessions will still run as usual.
In addition to the above, if you are reading this and feel like you would benefit from some support for an issue that you are facing, please contact local charity Wycombe Mind in the strictest of confidence and they would be only too happy to assist you. You can take a look at their website, which contains all their contact details, by clicking on the following link: www.wycombemind.org.uk