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 DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: yvb-par  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 10:01

Hi, Please see below the article from cows. I am Eddie Martin and really pleased that we have a forward thinking board which has approved this.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Thursday, 11th Apr 2019
Mental Health Awareness sessions at East End Park
Following a recent mental health awareness presentation to the Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters Club by Pars fan and qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor Eddie Martin, and subsequent discussions with the DAFC Board, DAFC are pleased to offer their support in raising mental health awareness.

East End Park will host a series of three meetings over the coming months with the first meeting taking place on Wednesday, 8th May between 7pm and 9pm. Further meetings are planned for 29th May and 19th June. The meetings will be a safe place for any supporters who wish to attend. Rather than being therapeutic, these sessions will offer awareness, support and an opportunity to talk. Together with Eddie, a further two Mental Health First Aiders will be in attendance at each meeting. The venue will create an informal atmosphere giving a sense of home and belonging set during them.

The sessions will discuss such topics as anxiety, depression, the use of alcohol and drugs, suicide and recovery and it’s hoped that volunteers might come forward to be trained as Mental Health First Aiders, at a later date, where training will be provided free of charge.
Should you have any questions or would like more information ahead of the first meeting on 8th May, please email andrew@dafc.co.uk or call 07809 176509.

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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: The Roy Barry Fan Club  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 12:45

Well done : great initiative. Good to see the Pars moving ahead on this front.

I was going to say something flip about needing a bit of counselling after reading some of the posts on here after a defeat, but it is actually much more important than that. It deserves widespread support.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 18:45

Well done for getting this off the ground, Eddie.

I hope it is supported and is successful.

Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters' Club (DADSC) will promote it on their Facebook Page, and it would be good if followers of that Page and other Pars fans were to bring it to the attention of any of their family or friends who might benefit.

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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: Socks  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 23:44

Well done indeed for getting this going. These issues really are important, and hopefully by being based around a football club it will find some people who need support but who might not feel comfortable looking for it by other means. I volunteer with one fairly big charity where I listen to and support people with issues including those mentioned above, but although anyone is welcome to call us, I'm not sure how successful we are at targetting certain groups. This is where a football link really could be helpful and hopefully it can grow into something that is a genuine help to people who need some support.

I'm happy to support this if there's a way to do so. I haven't done the mental health first aid course (though some of my training as a listener will probably overlap) so probably can't help directy at the moment. However, I'm convinced of the importance of things like this, and would like to see it succeed.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: Stella Kozma  
Date:   Thu 11 Apr 23:55

This is a great initiative. Suggested and setup by a fan. Supported by the Board.

Makes me proud to be a Par.


I think the training will be very interesting. I also think many will benefit from learning more and be better for understanding more about Mental Health and it's unfair reach.



Kirkcaldy Parasites Live On
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: Andrew283  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 00:27

Great stuff guys! Very much needed
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: GG741  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 05:29

An excellent initiative; well done by everyone involved.

It only has to help one person to be worthwhile.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: 1970par  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 07:12

If we are a true community club then we have a responsibility to cater for all members of that community, another positive move by the club

Well done Eddie
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: AlfonzoBonzo  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 08:16

Mental health is the worst kind of illness out there! One of the hardest things about this for many is coming along, or getting those who need to come along, to come along. I’m going to try my best to get someone to come along to this, but feel I’ll be met with resistance

Show us yer....
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: steaua  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 08:36

Being in the midst of Dementia every day, I think this is a great initiative , and I commend all involved. x
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: yvb-par  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 10:02

Understanding is a great word to use here. Especially if someone's family member or friend is affected, you are more than welcome to attend and hopefully gain some knowledge and understanding.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 10:03

Well done to the club for this.

Having years of personal family members afflicted with depression, anxiety and social phobia and seeing their lives and development virtually halted as a result, I can only be grateful for anything that is achieved.

Unlike most physical illnesses, there is no clear way to treat and deal with mental health matters. It's difficult for the patients and carers or family members alike.

Well done again for raising awareness.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: RMGpar  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 10:28

This is superb news, It has also effect a couple of the players we currently have. This is brilliant and shows our real commitment to the community
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: SeasonedPar  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 13:31

Excellent initiative which sadly affects so many, especially young males.

Good on all involved, another great example of fan-led involvement and community engagement. Best wishes for success.
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 Re: DAFC - Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Topic Originator: DAFC_90  
Date:   Fri 12 Apr 21:01

Ironic
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