State of Mind teamed up with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to deliver mental fitness sessions and mental health first aid courses for local sports clubs.

Mersey Care NHS funded State of Mind to deliver mental fitness sessions to local sports clubs across Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington from April 2022 – March 2023.

There were 15 mental fitness sessions delivered to 438 attendees.

A further 56 volunteers in sports clubs have been trained as mental health first aiders to support people in the clubs in future.

The sessions were delivered by former rugby league professionals Jimmy Gittins, Ian Knott, George Riley, Joanne Philips, Danny Sculthorpe, Ian Smith and Phil Veivers. Special thanks to Mersey Care’s Divisional Director Lee McMenamy and Consultant Nurse Dr. Phil Cooper MBE for facilitating the initial project taking place.

Mental Health First Aiders are now trained in the following local organisations:

  • Warrington Wolves RLFC
  • Runcorn Town FC
  • Eagles Sports FC
  • St. Helens RL Referee Society
  • Warrington RL Referee Society
  • Woolston Rovers RLFC
  • Crosfields RLFC
  • Burtonwood Chargers RLFC
  • Liverpool University Women RLFC
  • Blackbrook RLFC
  • Newton Storm RLFC
  • Warrington Wolves Women’s RLFC
  • Widnes Vikings Women RLFC
  • St Helens RLFC Community Foundation
  • North West Counties Football League Management
  • Warrington Wolves Foundation
  • Widnes Vikings Extra Time Men’s Group
  • Warrington Offload Men’s Group
  • Fortuna / BWS
  • Rylands Masters RLFC
  • Rugby Football League
  • Place 2 Place Football

State of Mind would like to thank Mersey Care NHS and all the clubs involved for supporting our project and the amazing work they do every day.

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