World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

Reds in the Community are proud to be supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2019.

Last year, there were over 6500 deaths in the UK alone by suicide, an increase of 11.8% compared to 2017.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 45 or under in the UK.

Society has come a long way in it’s understanding of mental health but, for some, the stigma remains.

Reds in the Community, in partnership with the EFL and the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, run weekly sessions to help combat this issue.

Every Tuesday afternoon, Women & Girls Development Officer Lynn Goodman leads an hour-long session at the Oakwell Indoor Centre.

The group take part in football drills and matches, with physical exercise believed to have a positive effect on an individual’s mental health.

Alongside this, the session provides participants with an escape and a support network through Reds in the Community.

The session runs from 1pm-2pm every Tuesday during term-time and is open to male and female participants aged 16+.

If you are interested in attending or finding out more information, please contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.

Reds in the Community have also joined forces with Barnsley Football Club and Barnsley Council to help to defeat the stigma surrounding mental health and prevent suicide.

We are proud to be supporting Barnsley Council’s thought-provoking #AlrightPal? campaign.

The campaign stresses the importance of checking up on your friends and family, noting how simply asking if someone is ‘alright’ can make a huge difference and potentially save a life.