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Spireites Agreee Time to Change Partnership

29 May 2014

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Chesterfield FC and the club’s registered charity, Chesterfield FC Community Trust, have joined forces with ‘Time to Change’ - led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Before Chesterfield’s last game of the season, at home to Fleetwood Town, a pledge was signed to cement the partnership in this area of work.

Community Trust chief John Croot said: "Just a few small words can make a big difference to someone with a mental health problem and talking about mental health can help to break down stigma and discrimination. The football club and Community Trust are proud to play a part in the campaign."

For a number of years, the Spireites Trust has delivered a weekly football session for people with mental health problems. In addition, the club and Trust have recently signed an official partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The organisations are working closely together to develop a project using football and physical activity to improve the mental health of local people -see www.facebook.com/spireitestrust or call 01246 264030 to find out what is available.

Dr Paul Rowlands, Consultant Psychiatrist for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: "Mental health problems can affect anyone - up to one in four people will experience these conditions. An attitude of being open about this, reflected in the commitment of Chesterfield FC and the Trust to this initiative, is crucial to people getting the right support in overcoming their problems and getting on the route to recovery and personal wellbeing."

Sue Baker, director of Time to Change, said: "We know that face-to-face contact with someone who has experienced a mental health problem, who can talk openly and confidently about it, is key to transforming our understanding and attitudes and we want to start conversations all over the country."

For more information, see Facebook, Twitter or www.time-to-change.org.uk

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