A Time to Talk about Coping Through Football

Anonymous 07 February 2014

Playing fields are more than just an expanse of open space. They are places where lives can be improved and this is evident in our Coping Through Football project which uses sport to transform the lives of those with long term mental illness.

As part of the Time to Talk day on 6th February, Alex Welsh, LPFF Chief Executive, was invited to speak on a special programme about mental health and sport led by Stan Collymore on talkSPORT radio. Alex spoke about how Coping Through Football uses the power of football to reach one of society’s most marginalised and vulnerable groups and helps sufferers get their lives back. To hear his interview please follow this link http://talksport.com/radio/listen-again/1391713200 . Alex was featured at 21.36pm.

The aim of Time to Talk day was to raise awareness of mental health and share the message that mental illness should not be a source of shame and embarrassment. As part of this campaign we spoke to one of the Coping Through Football participants about how becoming involved with the project had changed his life. To read his story visit http://www.copingthroughfootball.org/photonews/a-time-to-talk/