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AYLESFORD FOOTBALL CLUBMENTAL
HEALTH

Our community is here for you

Mental wellbeing is something that we all have to balance daily, but sometimes it can be difficult to manage on our own and, when it becomes a struggle, we need to ask for support. Aylesford FC is working to remove the stigma around mental health and provide a safe community for you to turn to in times of need. If you need help, please take a look at the links below and take the first step to getting your mental health back on track. If you can’t face doing it yourself, confide in someone you trust and ask them to make the initial contact with help services or contact Aylesford FC using the Contact Us form here on our website.

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MIND have a wide range of organisations listed on their website who can help in a wide range of circumstances. If you feel you need further support, visit this link to their page which outlines helplines and online courses available.

If you feel you need specific support that isn’t listed, you can contact them on: 07534 044513 or 01622 692383 or email mindhelp@mmkmind.org.uk.

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If you’re in need of urgent support or are looking for someone to talk to about anything, Samaritans are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on: 116 123.

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KOOTH is an online mental wellbeing community used by the FA to give kids a safe community where they can get advice on all things to do with mental health.

Older kids can also chat safely with others on discussion boards to share experiences and gain understanding, something they may not feel able to do face to face or with school friends.

To find out more, head to KOOTH’s website here.

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Young Minds is an information service for adults concerned about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child. To get in touch, call 0808 802 55 44 or visit their website for more information.

SUPPORT CARD & SUPPORT PHRASE

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It is our aim to provide everyone with a Support Card. This is a card that you can keep in your wallet or purse that has the address of this mental health webpage and important phone numbers for use in a crisis.

It also has our Support Phrase printed on it: this is a phrase which you can say to any coach or committee team member if you need to talk to someone about concern for yourself, your child, or any other person. Aylesford FC’s Support Phrase is: “It’s a blue day”.

ONGOING TRAINING & UPDATES

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Aylesford FC aims to make sure every one of its coaches, managers and committee members are trained in Mental Health First Aid. Select coaches and committee members will also be trained in suicide prevention.

MIND will also be providing fun wellbeing talks to all youth teams to teach them how to manage their mental wellbeing.

We will be posting links, news and information about our ongoing mental wellbeing work on our social media channels.

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