Earlier this month the EFL and its 72 clubs launched ‘Team Talk’, in an effort to urge supporters to talk and stay connected throughout the Christmas and January period and keep the conversation around mental health going. Brentford FC joined in as part of this campaign. Full details can be seen here.
To help keep supporters connected to their clubs, Team Talk sessions will informally bring fans together (virtually or in-person where safe to do so) to talk about football – helping them stay connected during what can be a difficult time of year for many. Brentford FC will be holding a Team Talk session as part of our Men's Talk Club. This will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 29 December, at 7pm. This will be a chance to talk to fellow fans about how they are getting through Christmas, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and also about The Bees.
Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust have been running an online talk club since March, aimed at Brentford fans and local male residents. The group, with more than 20 members provides a safe hub for men to talk and support each other. The next session has been organised for tomorrow as a way of combining our work with that of the EFL and Mind.
Talk Club Brentford has held virtual meetings nearly every Monday since April with members logging into the meetings from home. Socially-distanced face to face meetings started in August. The group is administered through its Facebook page, here, but new members will also be able to join the meetings by emailing their details to Graham Goodden firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get involved with the session tomorrow by sending an email to email@example.com.
The Team Talk sessions build on the excellent community work of clubs throughout the pandemic. This has included befriending phone calls, online social groups, a pen-pal scheme, social action from young people taking part in NCS and socially distanced ‘garden gate’ conversations across EFL communities to reach the people who require this vital support right when they need it the most. The campaign was launched after new research into men’s mental health suggests that, while some progress has been made, men feel worried or low more regularly than ten years ago and are consequently twice as likely to feel suicidal. Please join in with us tomorrow.