5-A-Side Suicide Awareness Football Festival

On Sunday 11thAugust Rotherham United Community Sports Trust hosted their second successful Suicide Awareness football tournament. The tournament was planned and delivered by a group of local young men who earlier this year lost their friend who also attended the football sessions with the trust to suicide.

The day saw over 100 people attend and Β£346 was raised for the bereaved family. Services such as Samaritans and working win attended to offer additional information and support on the day.

Inclusion Manager Trudi Race said β€œI am still overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all the people that attended. I cannot thank all the volunteers enough who gave up their time to help make this day a success. The feedback that we have received is that the day was thoroughly enjoyable whilst at the same time highlighting and raising awareness of a very important issue”

Suicide prevention is key priority for the local authority and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are also taking the matter seriously. We deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid training to local businesses, schools and colleges hoping to give people the skills necessary to be able to spot signs and symptoms of poor mental health early and signpost people to the right support. Early intervention can prevent issues from developing further and may also decrease the risk of suicide.

The success of Sunday’s tournament has inspired the Trust to run this tournament every year and link it in to World Suicide Prevention Day. We are currently looking for local businesses to sponsor the yearly event so they can increase the reach and expand what is on offer on the day. If this is something your company would be interested in please email Trudi Race on trace@rotherhamunited.net