The East Riding Football Association has turned to social media to encourage men to talk about their mental health and seek help when they need it.
For 48 hours beginning Saturday, May 15, the Association invited all leagues and clubs in the county to dedicate their social media channels to promoting good mental health.
“Qwell for Men,” delivered by Kooth, was commissioned by Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership in January to help combat the growing number of male suicides in the region.
This is the first time a digital mental health service has been specifically commissioned in response to male suicide.
The Kooth’s Pulse 2021 report analyzing the impact of Covid-19 on UK mental health and well-being found that there was an 89% increase in people using its service.
increase in adults who said they felt suicidal almost every day
some adults reported feeling down, depressed, or desperate almost every day;
Chris Johnson, head of club development and participation, at East Riding FA, said it’s important for men to be aware that it’s not a weakness.
“We want to get the message across to the men who play football in our county that it’s good to talk and that there is support and help if they need it.”
East Riding FA will create a special website with content geared towards men’s health, fitness and well-being.
Kooth is an online mental health and emotional wellness service for adults that allows them access to support and guidance whenever they need it.
Kooth users have access to individual anonymous counseling sessions with fully trained and qualified emotional wellness counselors and professionals, 365 days a year.