World Mental Health Day 2023
Berks & Bucks FA Team to walk 195 miles for Sport in Mind whilst supporting that ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’.
The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is that ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’ as laid out by the Mental Health Foundation.
On Tuesday 10th October we will be taking on another physical challenge to raise awareness and funds for our charity partners Sport in Mind – walking 195 miles to represent the 195 countries in the world where ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’.
This follows on from our cycling challenge which we completed on World Mental Health Day last year – where we put the pedal to the metal for Sport in Mind and is the latest chapter in our growing partnership with the UK’s leading mental health sports charity.
In addition to our fundraising activities, this partnership (for which we have been nominated for a County FA Recognition Award) has allowed us to deliver football sessions that actively support those people in our local area. Our Football Development Officer, Rod Noble, who has led on these sessions added the below:
“We have been able to support Sport in Mind deliver regular football sessions and tournaments across the county for both children and adults who are struggling with their mental health. I have been fortunate enough to attend some of the Sport in Mind sessions, it’s fantastic to see the impact that football is having and how it continues to connect people and change lives.”
If you did wish to make a donation to Sport in Mind and sponsor the team as we take on this challenge then the link to our Just Giving page is below, and it would be greatly appreciated by us and the charity.
Just Giving Page
In addition to taking on the challenge as a team and pledging our support to the fact that ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’ we would love the wider football community to help us raising awareness and spreading the importance of this message. To help with this, please see the selection of assets below that you can share across social media, along with our Giving Page link.
Our Business Support Administrator and Mental Health Ambassador, Hans Cook, added
“It is brilliant to see Berks & Bucks FA and Sport in Mind continue in partnership for a cause that is so important globally but also across Grassroots Football. We are looking forward to the challenge, but importantly awareness of Mental Health doesn’t stop after this weekend, and I am keen to connect and grow our Club Mental Health Ambassador Network and make a difference in this area across the season and beyond."
If you are keen to be a part of this Mental Health Ambassador Network at an individual or organisational level please contact Hans Cook.