Saints Foundation’s lifelong learning programme, Saints4Sport, celebrated World Mental Health Day on Monday by hosting a Tea and Talk event at St Mary’s Stadium.
The event saw some of the city’s lead mental health workers and active Saints4Sport service users come together to discuss and raise awareness of mental health issues as well as learn more about the support and services that are available.
It also proved an opportunity for the professionals working in mental health to talk about their work, outline what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people in the city and explore the daily holistic support that Saints4Sport provides through sport and education.
Participants then had the chance to join the Saints4Sport’s weekly boxing session at Spartans Gym in order to experience the huge benefits that physical activity can have on mental wellbeing including alertness, energy and mood.
Saints4Sport, which offers year-round support services to over 500 adults at risk in the city, works in partnership with the Society of St James and is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.
It forms part of the club’s unwavering commitment to promoting equality and reaching out to under-represented communities and individuals.
Lisa Latona, Saints4Sport Project Officer, commented: “It was great to see so many people come to talk about their experiences and some of the city’s lead mental health experts share their advice.
“It proved really beneficial for all involved and helped to highlight the benefits that daily engagement with Saints4Sport can have to help reduce the symptoms or stabilise mental health problems.”