SSRSPI - Mental Health in Sport Special
If you are experiencing mental health problems or need support, here are some useful helplines to find information and advice on mental health issues...
Telephone: 116 123 (Free)
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis. CALM’s helpline 0800 58 58 58 and web-chat are for men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. The services are open 5pm–midnight daily and are free, anonymous and confidential. For access or to find more information visit thecalmzone.net.
Telephone 0800 132 737
Offers emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service.
Telephone 0845 4647
Health advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Telephone: 0808 80 23456 (8am – midnight, seven days a week)
Meic is a confidential, free helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. You can call, text or instant message them in Welsh or English for support, advice and information.
Telephone 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them. If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.
Telephone: 0800 1111
Childline is a free, confidential service available to anyone under 19 in the UK. Whether it's something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you any time, day or night.
We also spoke to Owen Hathway of Sport Wales who told us about the initiatives they’re working on.
Tough Talk RFC - Ryan Bath - Twitter @ryanbath1979
Ryan set up a rugby team with members who’ve got one thing in common. They’ve all got their own stories & experiences of mental health.
Paul Tabram - Twitter - @tabsytabsy
Paul is walking 5k a day for 26 days for Swansea Mind. His fundraising page is uk-virginmoneygiving.com
David Cotterill - Twitter - @cotterill_david
The former Welsh International footballer has set up his own foundation and online courses which are free for kids who are under 16.
We also caught up with Swans legend Lee Trundle who told us how the squad were coping under lockdown & how his own role has developed with mental health in mind.