Each year the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) marks 10th of September as World Suicide Prevention Day. This is an opportunity for communities to come together to raise awareness of suicide prevention, tackle the stigma that prevents people from seeking help when in distress, and support and signpost people in need to sources of support. We will also be sharing a toolkit of resources around WSPD and Suicide Prevention closer to the time.

In the UK men are three times more likely to take their own life than women. Football matches are key opportunities to engage men and to raise awareness and offer support to people.

We are again partnering with a range of football clubs across Derbyshire. This year we are linking with Alfreton Town, Belper Town, Buxton Town, Chesterfield, Glossop North End and Matlock Town.

Do you want to volunteer at one or more of the matches?

We’re looking for around 30 volunteers for Chesterfield match and around 4 to 8 for each of the other non-league matches.

Your role as a volunteer will be raising awareness with fans arriving at the match by engaging them in conversation and handing out leaflets. This is mainly done before the match and our experience is that the majority of fans really engage with this message.

We’ll be meeting at 1pm for all matches ahead of a 3pm kick off

You will receive free access to the respective match (if you want)

Each match will have support from someone trained in mental health and support from a local charity (e.g. Samaritans)

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