With 1 in 4 Scots experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime, there has never been a greater need for action.
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Street Soccer players has never been more important. Throughout recent years, we have taken steps to ensure that those who need support can access it as soon as they can. We believe that by engaging in sport and exercise, our players can create positive habits through our weekly football sessions.
Mental health is a core focus through all of our programmes. By supporting a number of different groups at risk of social exclusion, such as those experiencing homelessness, those with additional needs and those with refugee status, Street Soccer wants to be part of the solution in creating a more inclusive society.
With two dedicated mental health workers and wellbeing sessions across Scotland, we provide a safe space to socialise for players as well as offering an accessible environment for one-to-one counselling.
Scotland is witnessing its highest increase in suicide rates since 2007 and over a quarter of Street Soccer players are experiencing mental health issues, which have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that our response needs to be swift and thorough.