Aaron Lennon’s return to training has spurred me on to write a few things about mental health, and the thread we have on GrandOldTeam about help on the issue.

I am extremely pleased to see the return to training of a man who was clearly in turmoil. While his method of a cry for help was perhaps not what we would advise, his experience certainly shows that once help is sought and provided, it can really improve a persons life.

World Mental Health day is a wonderful thing, and retweeting messages of support once a year is great, however sufferers need help all year round, not just when it is trendy.

The thread I began out of frustration for my wife’s experience with post natal depression has helped a lot of people. We’ve even had a few notes saying it’s stopped them from doing something awful. I say this not to pat ourselves on the back, but rather to highlight the good that comes from helping people who need help.

Also, when I started it, never in a million years did I think I’d need the help the thread offers myself – but need it I did. Well done all those who continue to contribute, you really do make a difference.

Fans of all clubs are welcome, please use if needed: https://www.grandoldteam.com/forum/threads/discussion-help-on-depression-mental-health-related-issues.62441/

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Baines' left foot
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GrouchoGroucho submitted an update to GrandOldTeam's homepage [OPINION] Mental Health Aaron Lennon's return to training has spurred me on to write a few things about mental health, and the thread we have on GrandOldTeam about help on the issue. I am extremely pleased to see the return to training of a man who was clearly in turmoil. While his method of a cry for help was perhaps not what we would advise, his experience certainly shows that once help is sought and provided, it can really improve a persons life. World Mental Health day is a wonderful thing, and retweeting… Read more »
Bluebonic
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NoiBlauGreat post about a great thread. I've worked in mental health services of one kind or another for 12 years now and communication is the key, as it is with most things in life. Having a space to talk about how you feel is paramount and men struggle to find such places in their lives. That is why suicide has become one of the biggest causes of death for adult males in the UK. Threads like yours, on supportive forums like this one, make a real difference. Long may it continue. I feel I can contribute to the thread and… Read more »
Bluebonic
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davekThe mental health thread on here is a credit to the forum – and to the people who take part in it in good faith. I've never seen anything like that on any Everton forum before; it has to be a real comforting resource for those who find themselves in a bleak place. And while I wouldn't draw positive and negative distinctions between what the club attempt do and what this site does, I would state that in the case of EFC they have to uphold mission statements concerning football and their community outreach – which is expected of clubs… Read more »
Bluebonic
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We have a 'break the stigma' initiative at work, where they ask for volunteers to be mental health 'buddies' so that people who may be struggling know there are people they can speak to who wont judge, wont gossip, will literally just sit there and listen! When we did the training course they had a young woman attend who told us her story! Absolutely lovely girl, very pretty, very successful in her job, healthy, as were all her friends and family. she had a loving boyfriend, a nice house with nice neighbours, everything was perfect in her life. Then one… Read more »
NoiBlau
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GrouchoGroucho submitted an update to GrandOldTeam's homepage [OPINION] Mental Health Aaron Lennon's return to training has spurred me on to write a few things about mental health, and the thread we have on GrandOldTeam about help on the issue. I am extremely pleased to see the return to training of a man who was clearly in turmoil. While his method of a cry for help was perhaps not what we would advise, his experience certainly shows that once help is sought and provided, it can really improve a persons life. World Mental Health day is a wonderful thing, and retweeting… Read more »
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