Staff from the club and Chesterfield FC Community Trust recently took part in a Mental Health Awareness training session, delivered by an organisation called Harmless.
Funded by Derbyshire County Council, the session provided attendees with an understanding of the impact of mental ill health on individuals. The different types of anxiety were outlined and attendees also received guidance on how to support recovery.
Trainer Claire Dixon, who delivered the session, said: “Tackling the stigma and silence around mental health is difficult in many settings, and sport is an absolute key player in helping to break down barriers, especially for men.
“Chesterfield FC have wholeheartedly shown that they are ready and willing to engage with anyone who might be struggling and not sure where to access support. To see this kind of commitment from a local football club is not only encouraging, but vital.
“We will continue to work together to bring more awareness to the general public on how we can all play a part in ensuring that all areas of our local community are safe spaces to have a conversation about mental health.”
John Croot, the club’s senior safeguarding officer, said: “The Community Trust organises various projects connected with mental health, so the training session was highly important to us.
“I would like to thank Claire from Harmless for delivering the session, providing those in attendance with valuable information which will help improve the quality of our projects.”