Everyone has mental health yet there is often a lack of understanding and support required which leads to people being diagnosed with mental illnesses, becoming recluse and even turning to suicide. Early intervention is the key to managing mental health and sometimes things can become overwhelming or left too late.
Founded in January 2020, we are a team of volunteers who intend on being the vocal point within our local community that combats the stigma that attaches itself to the subject of mental health. Kick Start FC have made it their mission to reach out and help people create a better understanding of mental health and how to manage symptoms when experiencing poor episodes.
Using the power of football we are able to offer a gateway for many people to reach out and to help us encourage people to use other outlets we offer to help improve their wellbeing.
Football is the most popular sport, not only here in the UK, but worldwide, with there being an estimated 3.5 billion football fans around the globe. Football has that special ability to bring communities together and is often seen as the conversation starter amongst people which is better known as "the common ground". By using football as our main platform we are able to encourage people to be more open to our projects and reach out as they are able to relate to the sport and feel more comfortable.
The popularity of football has presented the sport with multiple outlets such as TV, Social Media, Community Groups, Fanzines, Podcasts and we are looking to utilise these tools to help with our mission. By exploring these avenues we can reach a wider audience and hopefully encourage anyone who is currently struggling with their mental wellbeing to get involved in our football sessions or other projects.
Our football sessions are specifically designed to offer all participants the following:
Mental Health & Wellbeing
. Encourage participants to get active to increase physical and mental fitness
. Develop a positive mindset and increase confidence levels
. Gain a sense of achievement and a lift in morale
. Mental benefits of endorphins and adrenaline
. Socialising and getting to know people
. Gaining a sense of belonging and creating a support network
. Taking your mind off things
. Opportunities to talk about your problems
. Seeing other peoples recovery