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Men's Wellbeing

Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation have received some new funding from Tees Suicide Prevention Task Force to run the Pools Play for Life initiative for men aged 20-59.

75% of suicides in 2017 were male and suicide remains the most common cause of death in men aged 20-49. 

Suicide rates in Hartlepool have risen slightly over the past three years with 28 suicides between 2015-2017, at a rate of 11.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

Pools Play for Life will provide 40 weeks of free football coaching aimed at promoting the benefits of physical activity on mental health.

No referral is needed, but we will be working closely with Andy’s Man Club and Hartlepool and East Durham Mind to signpost participants towards additional support available as well as ensuring that our staff receive training on mental health.

The group will start on Thursday, 4th April from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Throston Youth Project, Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, TS26 0TB.

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Research shows that physical exercise can benefit your mental health by:

Reduced anxiety and happier moods
Reduced feelings of stress
Clearer thinking
A greater sense of calm
Reduced risk of depression 

There are also social and emotional benefits:

Making friends and connecting with people
Having fun
Challenging stigma and discrimination. 

Sport and physical activity can help in tacking other health issues associated with mental health problems. People with mental health problems are statistically:

More likely to be obese
Have 2-4 times greater risk of cardiovascular disease
Have 2-4 times greater risk of diabetes 

Foundation Manager Keith Nobbs said, “We understand that men are less likely to talk about their problems than women, but with an estimated 3.5millions fans globally, football is a way to unite men and start them having a conversation.

“Research from Mind released in July 2018 as part of their new partnership with the EFL shows that over half of people (56 percent) agree that football fans find it easier to show their emotions at football matches than at any other time. We need to encourage this showing of emotions in all areas of life.”

For more information on our Pools Play For Life sessions, contact HUCSF on 01429 862595 or email