Stagecoach Manchester showed its support for promoting better mental health, by backing a charity football match last weekend. It was hosted by Place 2 Place football club, which was held at Wigan’s DW Stadium, saw Place 2 Place FC lose to fellow local amateurs Geo Athletic 2-1 and 3-1 to Dens Allstars.
Place 2 Place is a Wigan-based charity which focuses on promoting a positive attitude towards men’s mental health, encouraging people to open up and talk about the problems they face. The team regularly host charity football matches to help players and family members to get active, have fun and spend time with friends.
Stagecoach Manchester supported the fight against mental health problems by sponsoring the mascot’s football kits, which were presented to children to wear before they walked the players onto the pitch for Sunday’s game, as well as providing transport to the stadium for the players.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director for Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Discussions around mental health are far more common now than they have been in my lifetime, but there is still work to do, particularly with young and middle-aged men. Suicide is the biggest killer of people within this demographic, and as a result, we’re keen to help raise awareness of events within the local community which provide a platform to promote a better mental health as well as giving people a place to chat.”
In England and Wales, suicide is the most common cause of death in men between 20-49, with 6% of UK fathers having reported mental health issues at least once in their life. Charities such as Place 2 Place help to tackle the effects of mental health in men, encouraging open communication with friends and family in a relaxed and familiar setting, such as a football match.
Peter Hill, founder of Place 2 Place said: “The support from local businesses and the wider community is vital in order for Place 2 Place to provide help to all of those who need it, through both platforms to discuss their own personal wellbeing and advice from our team on how to help improve mental health. As a result, we’re grateful to Stagecoach and Talk First for throwing their support behind this event, and I’m just relieved the game had some goals, so we sent everyone home happy!”
If you fancy going along for a kick about, you can find out more about Place 2 Place and see information on upcoming games on their Facebook page.