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MIND TO TAKEOVER AT OAKWELL

23 April 2021

Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Rotherham United is a Mind takeover day!

We all have mental health and we need to look after it, just as we would our physical health. Yet every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. That's hundreds of football players, and thousands of football fans. To raise awareness of that staggering statistic and to encourage people in need to initiate a conversation, Rotherham and Barnsley Mind will be visible across all Barnsley FC digital channels this weekend.

The team at Rotherham and Barnsley Mind are committed to supporting those in need by promoting good mental health and offering high quality support so that no-one feels alone when dealing with mental health problems. As an inclusive and accessible service, the team offer a variety of services including one-to-one counselling, group sessions, support for young people, training and services for employers.

Servicing Rotherham, Barnsley and surrounding areas, they aim to empower individuals to start on the pathway to recovery. Consequently their recovery model encompasses every aspect of our clients’ lives: Personal, Social and Professional to achieve outcomes that will progress individuals towards recovery, social inclusion and integration in mainstream activity such as learning, volunteering or employment.

Barnsley FC Chief Executive Officer, Dane Murphy commented: “The coronavirus pandemic has, and continues to have a significant impact on the mental health of many across the country. It is imperative for those in desperate need to know that Barnsley FC, as an institution, is here to help but moreover, the qualified professionals at Rotherham and Barnsley Mind are also accessible.

“As a Club, we have a responsibility to our fans and to our community to highlight the wonderful work that the Rotherham and Barnsley branches undertake on a daily basis. We have a unique platform assist and I speak for everyone at Oakwell when I say that Barnsley FC are fully supportive of their stance, we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

In a bid to expose the charity to the local area, we’ll be giving away a number of exclusive items across social media this weekend. Be sure not to miss out and use the hashtag #RedMyMind on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get involved.

Rachel Siddall, CEO of Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, added: ”We have found ourselves in such unprecedented and extremely difficult times over the last 12 months and never before have we encountered a challenge to this scale in our efforts to provide mental health support to those within our communities.

"Having followed the latest government advice, limited our interaction, and continued social distancing for the foreseeable future we anticipate the need for our services, support and advice will increase as the effects of COVID-19 continue to affect all our daily lives. That said, Rotherham and Barnsley Mind are determined to continue delivering our vital services to make a real difference at a time when it is needed most.”

If you would like to talk to Rotherham and Barnsley Mind about the help and support that they can offer to you or a loved one, or would like advice about any of the services they offer, please click here.

If you would like to donate to the charity, please click here.

Barnsley FC firmly believe that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.


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