Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day, a day that is vitally important, a day to focus on a topic that for too long floated under the radar, especially when you consider that 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children are experiencing mental illness .
Middlesex FA work closely with clubs and organisations across the county to provide footballing activity for anyone who has a mental health problem. On Friday 9th October, we ran Matchday 1 of the North West London Mental Health League at Brunel University and were delighted to see so many players make a welcome return to the league. Whilst we were there we took the opportunity to discuss the positive impact football has on not only the mental health of those who may have a mental illness, but also how it can be a tool for good across everyone's mental health. To find out what was discussed head over to our Instagram TV where we will be sharing the feedback of some of our inspiring players and coaches.
Middlesex currently has 8 teams who take part in the North West London Mental Health League, a competitive pathway for mental health service users. Not only are there opportunities for competition, there are plenty of recreational sessions available across the county.
Join the league – if you have a group of players who access mental health services you might be eligible to join the league.
Start a new session – Turn Up and Play funding is available for clubs, organisations and services to create new sessions aimed at helping those with mental health problems be active through football.
To find out more information about the league, or setting up a session, contact us at - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more information on how you can support individuals with a mental health problem through Mind