To mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October, Everton CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, first-team manager Marco Silva and club captain Phil Jagielka have undertaken a mental health awareness session as part of the Club's ongoing work to promote positive mental health.
Everton Football Club and its official charity, Everton in the Community, has an ongoing commitment to tackling the stigma around mental health and recently launched a new mental health-focused campaign to raise funds to build a permanent facility – called ‘The People's Place' – in the shadows of Goodison Park.
With a fundraising target of one million pounds, Everton in the Community aims to develop, build and maintain a new purpose-built facility that will become a delivery site for programmes and enable signposting to other services. ‘The People's Place' will provide an overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender or location, to promote positive mental health and deliver support relating to suicide awareness and prevention.
As part of the campaign, Everton Football Club and its official charity has made a commitment to equip all its staff with an understanding of mental health through accredited training, with Everton CEO Barrett-Baxendale and some of the Club's most senior officials becoming the first group of staff to complete Chasing the Stigma's ‘Ambassadors of Hope' training programme, underlining the importance the Club places on the training.
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1 Posted 10/10/2018 at 17:41:20
2 Posted 10/10/2018 at 17:46:39
However, a number of contributors on this site have candidly spoken of their own battles with mental health issues; more power to them for having done so. And of course we have seen with Aaron Lennon and Gary Speed how devastating such illnesses can be.
Good work, Everton FC and EitC.
3 Posted 10/10/2018 at 18:10:13
That said, it can't be that 'permanent' if it's in the shadow of Goodison, right?
4 Posted 10/10/2018 at 18:37:08
Standing ovation, Professor Barrett-Baxendale.
5 Posted 10/10/2018 at 18:48:36
6 Posted 10/10/2018 at 21:09:13
7 Posted 10/10/2018 at 21:17:15
8 Posted 10/10/2018 at 23:38:23
I am a Police Officer who has seen the destruction and devastation caused way too many times by these illnesses including many colleagues. I am immensely proud to call Everton my club and things like this only go to strengthen that pride.
9 Posted 11/10/2018 at 05:26:36
10 Posted 11/10/2018 at 07:19:01
11 Posted 12/10/2018 at 11:16:23
I wonder if any of the Bently and Ferrari driving players will chip in out of their megga millions bank accounts?
Or leave it to the hard working supporters like ourselves?
12 Posted 13/10/2018 at 20:56:57
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