Today sees the start of ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and the club are continuing their efforts to provide support for those who may need it.
Our partnership with local support network ‘Youth Talk’ is proudly now in it’s fourth year and we’re proud to have them as one of our designated community charities.
Their service is available to 13–25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead). They work on a self-referral only basis, so promoting personal responsibility. All the counsellors are qualified therapists and highly experienced in working with young people. Youth Talk has a National award for innovation and an award for services to the community and are a contracted supplier to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and were recently inspected and graded excellent by HCC Community Wellbeing.
City manager Ian Allinson reiterated the importance of a welcoming society and believes the football club can help contribute to that.
“Evidence shows us that having friends and a sense of belonging adds to the positive well-being of all people and we are proud that this club is able to provide this opportunity to many in our community.
Football helps us deal with real life struggles and it provides an escapism for many and although the season may have ended, it certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to help those in need.
Football should unite us all and we’re here for everyone. There’s a real collective spirit within the club and if there’s anyway at all, that we can continue to be that beacon of light for those around us, then of course we’ll endeavour to do so”.Ian Allinson
Another amazing charity which the club are proud to be a supporter of is ‘It’s OK to say’.
Founded by Stacey Turner and based in the heart of St Albans, ‘It’s OK To Say’ strives to encourage people to talk! They want people to talk about their mental health and people to listen. Rejecting the stigma, they highlight how to go about it and the help available. It’s OK To Say is for everyone, reaching people of all ages from the early years without being specific to reason.
It’s OK To Say encourages people to speak up and put things in place to support daily needs rather than when things escalate. It’s OK To Say encourages parents, carers and professionals to lead by example, inspiring healthy and open conversations demonstrating It’s OK To Say and what can be gained by doing so.
If there is anyone who feels they need to have a chat, then please do get in touch. Yes, we’re a football club, but we’re a family too. . . and you’re part of ours.