As Mental Health Awareness Week is marked, fans are reminded that Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust have created an online mental health network for Brentford fans and local male residents. Inspired by the established Talk Clubs for men, the group, available on the Facebook platform, will provide an opportunity for men to support each other during this unprecedented period. More information can be seen here.
The group followed on from the successful screening of the documentary “Steve” at Griffin Park in February, which documents how one man lost his friend Steve to suicide and highlights the difficulties many men face in discussing their mental “fitness”. Primarily, the “Brentford Talk Club” will provide a safe hub for men to talk and support each other. With 76 per cent of suicides being male, and with one in four experiencing mental health conditions at some point in their life, the online network will aim to tackle the existing stigma surrounding mental health.
Along with the “Talk Club”, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust aims to provide online mental health support to local residents (male and female) and vulnerable young people it is already working with. Brentford fans and local residents can join the group here. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.