Following a meeting with Bristol Rovers Community Trust, James Cox has praised the organisation's community work on mental health issues and urged more people suffering from mental ill health to engage with their programmes.
Bristol Rovers Community Trust, who won the 2018 Bristol Life charity award, have been working with the NHS over the last eighteen months to encourage people suffering from mental ill health with their 'recovery through sports' programme.
The Trust put on a talk by former coaches and players which was attended by over 200 people. Every Thursday, the Trust hosts around 30 young people in an open football session with an emphasis in talking about and understanding how to deal with their mental health.
James Cox, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, said:
"It was an honour to meet with Bristol Rovers Community Trust today to learn more about the incredible work they're doing in the community, particularly in engaging and promoting mental health issues.
"There is such scope with football and sports to engage people who otherwise wouldn't normally talk about their mental health. I'm thrilled the Trust are taking such a lead on mental health issues, reaching audiences that politicians, charities and health professionals are just simply unable to reach.
"I would urge every young person whether they feel they suffer from mental ill health or not to engage with these programmes. Not only can it help to break the stigma around mental health, but it is a great way to deal with some of the issues around it. Football encourages social inclusion, physical health and improving mental health. I'm excited to see where it can go next and in being a part of it."