Wrexham AFC are proud to announce the launch of our new women’s mental health peer support group, through Dragon Chat.
Having successfully launched a men’s mental health peer support group, which runs every Thursday night, we are pleased to be able to announce our first women’s group call will take place tonight – Monday November 22 – between 7pm-8.30pm.
The group provides supporters with a safe, supportive place to talk with a view to this being run on a weekly basis.
There will be an opportunity for all participants to discuss their current concerns as well as plenty of football talk along the way. Initially the sessions will be facilitated by Stephen Lloyd who runs the men’s Dragon Chat group and Lowri Tudor.
With time, Lowri will take over the facilitation of the group and there will be an opportunity for others to become trained facilitators for future groups.
Mental health concerns can affect any of us at any time, we are all vulnerable to the stresses of life and nobody is immune to the challenges especially during the current pandemic. Feelings of isolation and vulnerability can increase leading thoughts of suicide which are distressing for the person.
There are alternatives to suicide so give yourself some time to find some help, some support with coping and talk to others about how you are really feeling.
Allow others to care for you just as you would if your best friend came to tell you they are experiencing suicidal thoughts – talk to yourself as you would talk to your friend.
Although the support of family and friends is crucial for people who may be at risk of suicide it is not always enough. Often more formal help is also needed. There are also many experienced and skilled people working in mental health support organisations who can help people who need to talk.
What can we do as an individual to help? By creating a safe, supportive space we can signal to people experiencing poor mental health and/or suicidal thoughts there is hope, we care about them and want to support them. Talking is the first step although it can often be the hardest one.
Dragon Chat and Wrexham AFC would encourage any person struggling with suicidal thoughts to reach out and ask for help by contacting their local mental health services or GP and if you are experiencing immediate difficulties contact C.A.L.L helpline on 0800 132 737 or attend emergency services.
Should any have any questions or wish to discuss anything further please email Dragonchat247@gmail.com where we will get back in touch with you.
We look forward to welcoming you to our first Dragon Chat women’s mental health peer support group call, with the link to this week’s meeting below.
Join Zoom Meeting – click here.
Meeting ID: 862 1849 7500