Today is International Men’s Day which celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities; highlighting positive role models and raising awareness of men’s well-being.
This year the theme is “Making a difference for men and boys” and in keeping with our commitment to improving Mental Health in our area we are highlighting Men’s Mental Health issues.
Throughout the week we will posting article and social media posts with our partners to highlight issues and ideas to improve the wellbeing of the men in the Newport Area.
Above is our video that includes people from around the club giving some statistics and information around suicide; the highest cause of death of males aged between 20 and 49.
Recently NCAFC signed up to the Mental Health Charter for Sports & Recreation which commits us to making improvements around the club and our community as we believe it is our responsibility as an EFL club to be driving this topic in our part of South Wales.
Mental Health affects everyone however it is still seen as a taboo subject among men and patriarchal organisations with phrases such as “Get a grip” and “Man up” being commonly heard; this makes it difficult to discuss any concerns or worries without fear.
Ex-Welsh International David Cotterill has started his own foundation to help people with Mental Health issues as he believes more could have been done to help him overcome his issues whilst still a player [and as a man].
This Saturday we will be holding a bucket collection before the home fixture vs Oldham in support of David’s Charity.
If you have need to speak to anyone or have concerns for others, please contact one of the following organisations who have connections locally:
Samaritans Newport; Text 116 123 at anytime
Newport Mind; 01633 258741
Hafal; 01633 264763
Alternatively, you can call Gwent Primary Care Mental Health Support Services on 0330 053 5596 for help from our local NHS Provider.
If you have urgent concerns for someone’s life please refer to NHS Website or call the emergency services if there is an imminent threat to life then call 999