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#MentalHealthMatters

2 February 2018

At Saturday’s Burnley v Manchester City fixture at Turf Moor, the club’s official charity, Burnley FC in the Community, will be raising awareness of mental health through the campaign #MentalHealthMatters.

Last year saw the inception of the important campaign and it is fast becoming a regular fixture in the charity’s calendar.

Through the #MentalHealthMatters campaign, Burnley FC in the Community aim to encourage supporters to recognise the importance of mental health and value it as you would physical health.

The campaign aims to highlight the simple 5 ways to wellbeing, steps that you can take to improve your mental wellbeing. Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give…

Connect 

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email or a text
  • Speak to someone new
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

Be active 

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. 

Here are some ideas on how you can be active during the day –

  • Go for a walk at lunch time
  • Take the stairs and not the lift
  • Have a kick about in the local park
  • Walk to work, maybe with a colleague
  • Visit the BFCitC website at burnleyfccommunity.org to find out about the activities you can get involved in, including walking football and our men’s and women’s weight management programmes

Take notice

  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your friends, family and colleagues are feeling or acting
  • Get a plant for your workspace or at home
  • Visit a new place for lunch
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work

Keep learning

  • Sign up for a class
  • Research something you have always wondered about
  • Read the news or a book – how about trying this the traditional way, not electronically
  • Do a crossword or sudoku

Give

An individual who reports a greater interest in helping others, is more likely to rate themselves as happy.

  • There are many ways that you can help others, on a daily basis or even by committing to volunteering 

Plus, keep your eyes peeled on Burnley FC in the Community’s social media channels, Facebook @burnleyfccommunity, Twitter @BurnleyFC_Com and Instagram @burnleyfc_com to catch all the #MentalHealthMatters matchday activity this Saturday.

To find out more information about how you can improve your mental wellbeing visit the Health section of our website, or contact Burnley FC in the Community Health & Wellbeing Manager, Abby Turner on a.turner@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704 716.


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