South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with the rugby league community to promote better mental health for men.
Staff from the Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services in Kirklees, will be at the Huddersfield Giants vs Leeds Rhinos match on Sunday 9th September. They will be on hand to offer advice and information to fans about mental health and wellbeing services available in the area as part of a nationwide drive to raise awareness of men’s mental health.
Elizabeth Starr-Riley, psychological wellbeing practitioner for Kirklees primary care psychological therapies service, said, ”One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their lives, so lots of us, our friends, colleagues and families may need to use mental health services.
“Despite how common these issues are, the stigma around mental health problems can make it difficult for people to get the help they need. The support of the Huddersfield Giants gives us an opportunity to speak to local people about mental health and encourage greater openness.
“We hope to meet many fans on the day and will be happy to talk about how people can support those they know with mental health problems, as well as where to get help if you need it.”
Robbie Hunter-Paul, for the Huddersfield Giants, said, “Huddersfield Giants is really keen to support this important programme. We recognise that mental health issues can affect everyone. As a club we are in a unique position to be able to support and help the rugby league community of players and supporters by raising awareness of issues and make people aware of services and support which is available locally in Kirklees.”
The primary care psychological therapies service will be in the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, from 1pm.
Information about psychological therapies in Kirklees can be found at www.askforIAPT.co.uk or just ask your GP.