AWARE 'teams' up with North Belfast Football Clubs in a bid to promote positive mental health
The Northern Ireland depression charity, AWARE, has teamed up with Everglow Health and Wellbeing along with young men from Beann Mhádagháin Football Club and St Marys Football Club to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The young men will complete a 5k or 10k AWARE Mood Walk on Sunday 9 September at the Mary Peters Track and help encourage people to raise money for the mental health charity, AWARE.
Michelle Byrne from AWARE said,
"In 2016, a total number of 297 people lost their lives to suicide in Northern Ireland. The figures from 2016 also show that men accounted for 74% of the total deaths. For this reason, we are delighted that the young men from Beann Mhádagháin Football Club and St Mary's Football Club have come on board to help support the Belfast AWARE Mood Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day.
"It is important that we get talking to each other about mental health and the importance of talking to someone if you're struggling - particularly with our young people who may feel more vulnerable about opening up.
"The AWARE Mood Walk provides an opportunity for people to step out and show their support for people with mental illnesses such as depression and in-turn challenge stigma that many people with mental illness and depression still face today. The Mood Walk is a family day out with children under 12 walking free. Dogs are also welcome to the Mood Walks. Each participants registered will receive a tshirt and customised AWARE finishers medal.
Chris Lyttle from Everglow said,
"Everglow was formed by the members of Beann Mhadaghain FC in September 2017 following the sudden loss of one of our dearest members, Francis McStravick. We wanted to leave a positive lasting legacy to his memory. Everglow, while in its infancy has a mission of positively impacting the health and well-being of our community irrespective of age, gender, orientation or creed.
“Our Vision and priority is to build a culture within the surrounding community that supports and promotes positive health and wellbeing through the medium of sport.”
"As an organisation we look forward to working with AWARE over the next few weeks in promoting both their Mood Walk and their life-saving services which they provide to our local community. Partnerships like that with AWARE are fundamental to our overall strategy of ensuring a strong foundation for positive mental health exists in our community.
"Charities like AWARE NI providing mental health services to a range of people are vital to reducing the number of suicides each year. We aim to support AWARE as best we can both with their Mood Walk and over the next number of years to remove any barriers which negatively impact a positive culture around mental health."