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If U Care Share

4 October 2022

Club News

If U Care Share

4 October 2022

Hartlepool United players will be wearing ‘Inside Out’ t-shirts in the warm-up tonight to promote a mental health campaign.
 
If U Care Share, a mental health and suicide prevention charity based in Chester-le-Street, launch Inside Out seven years ago to coincide with World Suicide Prevention month.
 
The charity, who are Premier League, EFL and WSL charity partners, provide workshops and support to clubs and academy players throughout the country and will be with players at Hartlepool later this season.
 
The Inside Out campaign encourages people to wear their clothes inside out - as a symbol to get their feelings out in the open and start conversations which will save lives.
 
It was launched by North East rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland before last month’s Tees-Wear derby at the Riverside when players from both teams wore the t-shirts. Since then, players from Newcastle United, South Shields, Spennymoor and Durham Women have also backed the campaign.
 
Hartlepool players were due to wear the t-shirts prior to their League Two clash with Doncaster Rovers on September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day - but the fixture was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 
 
Suicide is the biggest killer of young men across the North East and If U Care Share have been providing vital support and services throughout the region for more than a decade. 
 
The charity held their first mental health workshop at Sunderland Football Club academy in 2011 and since then has provided practical and emotional support to those affected by suicide as well as individual support to those deemed to be directly at risk. 
 
Last month the charity’s founder Matthew Smith completed an 11-day, 289 mile run from the charity’s offices in County Durham to Downing Street.
 
He delivered a letter on behalf of 10 prominent mental health groups across the UK calling on new Prime Minister Liz Truss to ensure suicide prevention is included in the Government’s Levelling Up paper. He also raised more than £30,000 for the charity which was established after Matthew’s brother Daniel O’Hare took his own life without warning to his family.
 
Matthew ran in a vest featuring the names of 183 people who have died by suicide, dedicated by families and friends, including Daniel, Newcastle United and Wales legend Gary Speed.
 
World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10 and the If U Care Share Inside Out campaign is aimed at encouraging people from across the UK to go Inside Out and start conversations and save lives by asking people across the UK to simply wear an item of clothing inside out for the day.
 
Matthew said: “I’d like to thank Hartlepool, and all the clubs across the region who have got involved, for their continued  support.
 
“Football is a powerful tool to get messages out to people and if even one more person sees our message and accesses the help that they need it is worth it. 
 
“The If U Care Share Foundation was set up to support those bereaved by or at risk of suicide and preventing any family from experiencing what we felt when we lost my brother, Daniel. 
 
“The Inside Out campaign is now in its seventh year and this year it is more important than ever to raise awareness of the support that is available, both for individuals and families. 
 
“We have seen an increase of 300 per cent in the need for our services since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 and as a charity we are here to support communities, save lives and prevent suicide and we want as people across the UK as possible to take up the challenge and go inside out this year with us.
 
“Feeling helpless, worthless or hopeless are common feelings associated with feeling suicidal and often those thoughts can be overwhelming and prevent you from feeling anything else. 
 
“With pressures like the cost of living crisis impacting individuals and families, it is more important than ever to encourage people close to us to talk about their feelings and access the support that is available. As well as longer-term emotional support we have a 24/7 text service which is there for people who need to talk.” 
 

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