Breathing Space and Strathclyde University Football Club (SUFC) have teamed up to raise awareness of good mental wellbeing and remove the taboo of asking for support for mental health problems.
The initiative will see SUFC act as ambassadors for Breathing Space, raising awareness of good mental and physical wellbeing amongst students studying at the University, students they come across playing football, and the wider University community.
Jack Cumming, SUFC Club Captain said: "It's great to be working with Breathing Space and promoting the service. It's important that students know there is an anonymous point of contact where they can open up about their problems. Student life can be stressful and demanding, with lots of different pressures. We are hoping to make a real difference with this initiative."
"I'm delighted that our Men's Football team have established this partnership with Breathing Space." said James Reid, the Sports Union President, "The issue of mental health is one which doesn't recieve enough coverage within the male student population. It is initiatives like this which break down the stigma of mental health and encourage students to talk about any issues they may have."
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator, added: "People in Scotland find it difficult to talk about their problems. We have a poor track record when it comes to our mental health and being able to ask for support is an important first step. Jack and the team bring their enthusiasm to this initiative and we are hopeful that they can encourage other students to contact Breathing Space or speak to their friends or family when they are feeling low. This initiative with SUFC complements our work with Motherwell FC and Celtic FC, where the medium of football has been a great conduit for reaching young men in particular."
If you think you need some Breathing Space, call our experienced advisors on 0800 83 85 87 or visit the website www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk.