Last night Bristol Rovers Community Trust hosted their mental health awareness evening titled ‘Feeling Blue? And White’.
The event saw current players Kyle Bennett and Stuart Sinclair team up with former players Ryan Clarke & Lee Mansell to form a panel which discussed mental health and wellbeing. Adam Tutton from the Community Trust and Jacob Kelly a mental health professional also took part in the discussion.
The evening had a huge turnout of nearly 200 people, which included fans of the club, the local community and mental health professionals. The panel talked very openly about difficult times they had faced in their life and shared their experience with depression, bereavement, gambling and pressures from modern life.
The evening helped raise nearly £600 which will support the work the Community Trust is doing around mental health and its ‘Recovery Through Sport’ programme.
The Trust would like to offer a massive thanks to everyone who attended the event. Matt Bennett, Community Manager, said ‘it was overwhelming to see the size of the turnout, we were expecting around 60-70 people, but to have nearly 200 was truly amazing. Mental health is still a taboo subject, especially within football. The aim of the night was to help break the stigma of mental health and give people the confidence to talk about such issues in an open and honest way without fear of being judged. We wanted to also connect people with the support groups that exist in the local area that do amazing work within mental health.’
If you want to find out more about the Trusts ‘Recovery Through Sport’ programme, or if you wish to donate towards this cause please visit www.bristolroverscommunity.org.uk
Any money raised will help support people in need within our community.