Football Linked To Mental Wellbeing In Norfolk

5 August 2018, 09:39


Men are being encouraged to take part in "All To Play For", where drop-in sessions usually follow an hour's game.

Men across Norfolk are getting more encouragement to speak out about mental health issues through football.
“All to Play For” group, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with Active Norfolk, will meet at the Open Academy in Salhouse Road.

It will be open to all adult men – both in and out of services – who feel they need extra support with their wellbeing. They will be able to take part in an hour-long game led by a qualified coach before attending an informal drop-in session where they can pick up information and advice from a variety of different support services on subjects such as finance and housing.

The new group has been launched following the success of existing schemes in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It has been made possible by funding of £20,000 from NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, which came in recognition of the contribution the programme is making in achieving positive health outcomes for local people. 

Tracy Williams, Clinical Chair of the CCG said: “The CCG is really pleased to be able to support this great initiative between NSFT and Active Norfolk. We know that men particularly find it hard to talk about how they are feeling and often struggle to seek help when they are low in mood or feeling anxious. This new Open Academy football group will be a safe space for local men to get some positive support, help and exercise too.”