Nottingham Forest and Nottingham Forest Community Trust are working together on this programme to encourage fans to talk more openly about mental health problems and seek support. We want the ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ project to motivate people to talk about their mental health issues and remove the stigma attached to mental health.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in males aged between 30 and 40, with 75 per cent of all suicide victims in the UK being male, so the club and the trust are looking to help reach out to fans and encourage them to talk.
In 2017, the club were saddened to hear that Forest fans Jonathan McCartney, 35, and Will Garvey, 20, both unexpectedly took their own lives. After losing their sons, the families of both Jonathan and Will reached out to the Community Trust having set up their own trusts – Jonathan’s Voice and The Will Garvey Foundation (WTF – Why Talking Fixes) – to help raise awareness and encourage people to speak out about their mental health. You can read more about Jonathan and Will’s stories here.
Rachel Whysall, Head of Performance at Nottingham Forest Community Trust, said: “After meeting the parents of both William Garvey and Jonathan McCartney it was important for both the club and Community Trust to understand how we could play a part in raising awareness of mental health and helping rid the stigma.
“With fantastic support from the Institute of Mental Health and the University of Nottingham we feel that together we can make a real difference to the mental health of those closest to us.”
No matter how okay things seem on the outside, anyone can have these feelings and the people who stand the most chance of preventing suicides are ordinary people – the friends, family, colleagues and neighbours of those whose lives are at risk.
No one needs to suffer in silence. Support is available and there are others who will have been through similar experiences. Just talking about it can really help.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE OUT THERE TO HELP
If you are experiencing mental health problems, or know someone who is, the following charities and organisations can provide further help and support:
Call: 0300 123 3393
Call: 0115 941 1111 / 116 123
Call: 0800 11 11
Call: 0115 934 8445