The Reds' official charity, LFC Foundation, has joined forces with supporter’s union Spirit of Shankly again, to launch the second instalment of ‘The Big Red Talk’ event in support of fans mental health.
The live virtual event – taking place on Wednesday 21 March - will involve various workshops to help educate fans on the importance of mental health, speaking your mind and caring for personal wellbeing.
Sessions throughout the evening will provide participants with various coping strategies and advice on how to handle difficult conversations when discussing mental health.
Former Liverpool FC Goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland will also be interviewed by The Anfield Wrap, sharing his experiences of overcoming mental health issues and to offer fans advice on how to cope, speak up and seek professional help when struggling with mental illness.
The evening’s events will also involve an interactive virtual quiz – hosted by ‘The Voice of Anfield’ George Sephton, while LFC fan favourite, Jamie Webster will also be performing in collaboration with the event’s partner ‘BOSS night’.
Through this initiative, LFC Foundation are looking to abolish the taboo surrounding mental health and encourage men and women to speak out and seek support when struggling. This event is part of LFC Foundation’s collaboration with LFC supporters’ union, Spirit of Shankly to deliver a new season wide mental health project for supporters.
Matt Parish, CEO of LFC Foundation, said: “It’s important to be able to offer our support – albeit virtually – to fans who may be struggling with poor mental health as it’s something that we are really passionate about at the LFC Foundation.
“The promotion of positive mental health runs throughout all of our programmes and as we find ourselves current in the midst of a global pandemic, personal wellbeing must take priority and by launching this season-wide project we hope to bring fans together to talk and help to remove the stigma associated with mental health.”
Chair of Spirit of Shankly, Joe Blott said “At our AGM in 2019, a motion was passed that we would increase our involvement with mental health initiatives. We agreed to work with local organisations and other supporters’ trusts to promote mental health awareness; to demonstrate that it’s okay to not be okay; and to support people to open up about their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Football has the power to connect with so many people on and off the pitch, it has the power to change and save the lives of people who live with mental health issues. We are delighted to partner this event which is arranged to encourage SOS members and the wider supporter base to seek help from friends, family and services if they are suffering in any way”
This is an 18+ event. If you or someone you know needs specialist support, please contact:
- Samaritans – 116 123
- Papyrus – teenage suicide / mental health - 0800 068 4141
- NSPCC – Childline – 0800 111
Liverpool FC also has a dedicated team of Safeguarding specialists who can offer help and support.
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