The Kent County Football League
supported by the Kent FA
A new partnership with Kent County Council
If you break your leg in a tackle, you would go to hospital and get it fixed, right? But would you seek help if you were suffering from depression or another mental health condition? Sadly many men don’t and therefore they miss out on the help that could make a difference.
In 2013, 182 people across Kent and Medway took their own life, the vast majority of these were men. Nationally football has suffered a number of high profile incidents with Wales manager Gary Speed taking his own life in 2011, and Clarke Carlisle discussing his depression and suicide attempt in early 2015.
The Kent County Football League has teamed up with Kent County Council to raise the issue of men’s mental health, and to promote the Mental Health Matters helpline.
People feeling distressed, anxious, or down are able to call the Mental Health Matters helpline for free on 0800 107 0160 (or 0300 330 5486 from a mobile). Support workers at the helpline use counselling skills to provide confidential emotional support and guidance. They also have details of local and national support services that callers may find useful.
Support from the Mental Health Matters helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The League is delighted to announce that Tommy Sampson, FA Vase winning manager with Deal Town in 2000, has agreed to become our Ambassador for the campaign.
League Chairman, Cyril Windiate, commented “We are delighted to be involved with our partners in raising awareness of men’s mental health particularly when it is known that one in four people suffer a mental health illness every year, with men at particular risk of suicide.
To have secured Tommy Sampson as our Ambassador can only be described as giving this really worthwhile campaign a massive boost, not only for this League, but a real coup for Kent soccer as a whole”.
As part of the partnership Kent County Council are also offering free Mental Health First Aid training to clubs within the Kent County Football League. This training teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.
Further details about the partnership will be announced later in the season.