Toffolo announced as mental health ambassador
Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottingham Forest Community Trust are delighted to announce defender Harry Toffolo as ambassador for the Tricky to Talk programme.
Tricky to Talk is the Trust’s mental health programme which began in 2019 and aims to look at how the Trust can support the mental health of Nottinghamshire residents and Forest fans to promote greater mental wellbeing. Based on peer-support methods, the Trust offers a range of ‘hubs’ each month, both online and face-to-face, including men only hubs and support for the Armed Forces community.
Harry’s role as an ambassador has come on the back of his attendance at a men only session in Hucknall, facilitated in partnership with Bottled Up Blokes where he openly spoke about mental health, and actively listened to participants. Since attending the session Toffolo has advocated to become an ambassador for the Trust’s Tricky to Talk mental health programme.
Speaking about the announcement, Toffolo said, “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the Tricky to Talk programme and getting involved gives me a sense of responsibility. I’ve got a stature within the community where I can help others, having recently been through what a lot of others have gone through. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from. We’re all equal and mental health is all relative.
It’s important to me that we can make awareness of mental health stretch as far as we can to make sure people know that there is support there. If you’re a Forest fan or any football fan, I hope that you know that there are people and programmes there for you.”
Tricky to Talk programme lead Claire Henson said, “To have Harry as our ambassador and showing his support for the Tricky to Talk programme is fantastic. It’s so important that we continue the discussion around mental health and to add Harry’s voice and lived experience is hugely valuable.”