Coping Through Football is a transformational project that demonstrates how two sporting charities can work with the NHS to produce a sustainable recovery model approach to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people who have enduring mental illness.
The project shows how sport can:
- help tackle stigma and discrimination
- can work together with the health sector on shared agendas to reduce inequalities
- be a tool for engagement with hard to reach groups
- assist in the recovery of those with mental ill health
The aim is to use the football experience to get fitter, increase levels of self-esteem and confidence, make new friends and ultimately to help people get their lives back on track. We do not see ourselves as a football project but a social inclusion project that uses football as a tool to engage people who have experienced mental health problems. Most of our players have experienced social exclusion, unemployment, poor physical and mental health and lack a social network or support and Coping Through Football sets out to address these issues.