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Football fans urged to take a minute for their mental health

Football fans urged to take a minute for their mental health
02 January 2020

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the national Heads Up campaign which will see all Emirates FA Cup third round ties delayed by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health.

The move will see all 32 ties from 3-6 January, excluding replays, kick off one minute later than their traditionally scheduled broadcast and non-broadcast timeslots, for example 3.01pm, 12.16pm and 7.46pm.

It is hoped that the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing. During the minute delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.

In Sheffield, Sheffield United are at home to Fylde, kicking off at 3.01 and Sheffield Wednesday are away to Brighton and Hove Albion, also kicking off at 3.01.

Dr Steve Thomas, Sheffield GP and Clinical Director for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group said, “By asking football fans to take a minute to think about looking after their mental health, I hope it will encourage more people, particularly men, to think how they can improve their mental health and to recognise that mental health is just as important as physical health.

“We can all take simple actions to look after our mental health, such as talking to someone we trust about our feelings, seeing friends or doing something we enjoy, taking a break, practicing mindfulness, eating well and not drinking too much.

“However if you think you need help and support, you don't have to struggle with difficult feelings alone, there are services available right now in Sheffield if you need them. The first point of contact for anybody who is concerned about their mental health should be their own GP. Your GP can refer you to the correct service if you need support.

“The Sheffield Mental Health Guide https://www.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk/ is also an excellent resource for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or for voluntary/paid workers or carers, or anyone else wanting information about mental health services in Sheffield.”

If you do need to talk to someone urgently support is available from the Sheffield Helpline on 0808 801 0440 for anyone in Sheffield affected by mental health issues. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls from landlines are free but if you call from a mobile your provider may charge you and the call might appear on your bill.

In the event of an emergency situation or if you or someone else is in immediate risk of serious harm or injury contact Emergency Services by dialling 999 and state which service you require. The Accident & Emergency department at the Northern General Hospital is also open 24 hours a day every day of the year.

If you are suicidal and want to talk in confidence The Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or you can email jo@samaritans.org.

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