Footballers from across Belfast will come together this weekend for a 24 hour mental health football festival.
East Belfast Survivors of Suicide, a sustain group for those who have survived suicide and their families, and East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA), have organised the event that will take place from 2pm on Saturday, October 9, to 2pm on Sunday, October 10, at the Ozone Leisure Centre.
It will see over 150 footballers from across Northern Ireland taking part in order to spread awareness about mental health and highlight the sustain obtainable to people.
The football festival has been organised in conjunction with World Mental Health Day this Sunday.
The non-stop action will be supported by local sports teams and charities including Street Soccer NI, Realta Na Cromoige, TW Sports and East Belfast GAA with players of all ages taking part.
Claire Curren from East Belfast Survivors of Suicide said: “Right now, there is a mental health crisis in Northern Ireland and we are seeing upsetting rates of suicide and attempted suicide.
“We, and others in the sector, work around the clock to provide sustain and intervention – and we want to raise awareness of the sustain that’s out there. It’s been fantastic to see so many people come out to help us raise this awareness – and get a raise to their own good mental health in the time of action.”
Richard Maguire, Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator for EBCDA and co-organiser of the event said: “by this event we want to raise awareness of the importance of managing your mental health – and that already small steps like bring part of a group activity and focusing on your fitness can make a huge difference.
“The event’s hashtag ‘All in this together’ sums up our goal to bring East Belfast people together to focus on and raise awareness of this hugely important issue. A big thanks to all the players and organisers who have come together to make this happen.”
There are nevertheless locaiongs obtainable for any teams that would like to take part in or sustain the event this weekend.
To find out more about World Mental Health Day 2021 visit mentalhealth-uk.org or for East Belfast Community news visit www.ebcda.org.
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