Blackpool Football Club urges us to ‘Get Vocal’ about mental health

For a second consecutive year Blackpool Football Club has partnered with the Council’s Get Vocal campaign. The campaign was launched in 2018 and aims to encourage residents in Blackpool to look after their mental health.

The message is directed at all adults in Blackpool, particularly to men and middle-aged people, who may be at risk of poor mental health, but who might not seek help.

This partnership will see the branding for the Get Vocal campaign on the front of the team’s third kit away shirts for the 2020/21 football season.  The team will wear the new shirts for the first time on World Mental Health Day, 10th October, when they play Sunderland. The Get Vocal sponsorship agreement is part of a wider Blackpool Council sponsorship deal which also sees the VisitBlackpool logo on the home team shirt.

Top Tips
Get Vocal aims to promote 5 top tips which have been developed to enable people to look after their own wellbeing. The tips were developed based on research on what works to improve mental health. The 5 top tips are:
  • Voice – Talk to your friends. Spend time with your family. Good relationships build better mental health.
  • Observe – Live in the moment and focus on the now by using your senses to really see, hear, feel what’s around you.
  • Connect – Giving your time and energy to someone else can help give you a new sense of purpose.
  • Active – Getting active releases a hormone that reduces stress, anxiety and tension. It helps to clear the mind too.
  • Learn – Learning something new can make you more confident. It’s also a great way of connecting with other people.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council said: “We’re really proud to be sponsoring our local club again this season.  Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is important for us all whether we are living with a mental illness or not. Just like our physical health there are key steps that we can all take to look after ourselves, especially when we’re going through challenging times.”

Cllr Jo Farrell, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health said “Blackpool Football Club plays an important part in the lives of many Blackpool residents, and helps the campaign to reach out to all adults in Blackpool, but particularly men, who may be at risk of poor mental health and may be more reluctant to seek support.

To find out more about the Get Vocal campaign visit: https://healthierblackpool.co.uk/GetVocal

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