Hockey Family, We’re All In This Together

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) and we wanted to take the opportunity to remind our hockey family that you are never alone. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time and it’s more important than ever to reach out to others and let them know they’re not alone in the challenges they’re facing.

Many of us are dealing with existing mental health problems, feeling more lonely or anxious because of self-isolation and social distancing, or worried how the pandemic might continue to affect our daily lives.

If you are struggling during these challenging times, there is always someone you can talk to. If you or someone you know need advice or emotional support, there are a number of free helplines you can call for a safe place to talk in confidence.

  • C.A.L.L Helpline is a dedicated mental health helpline in Wales offering confidential listening and support.
    Call 0800 132 737 or text Help to 81066
  • Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk in confidence, 24 hours a day.
    Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • PAPYRUS is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide and offer a hopeline for confidential support and practical advice.
    Call 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • Shout Crisis Text Line provide 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a personal crisis.
    Just text Shout to 85258

In 2020, the Fire joined up with the Comets to reach out to the Cardiff hockey community and beyond. Players recorded positive messages for coping with mental health problems and tips for maintaining your mental wellbeing during the pandemic.

Click on the video below to see the messages from the players.

For more help, advice and tips on looking after yourself and your loved ones during the pandemic, please check out the following links.

  • Public Health Wales have lots of help and advice on staying well at home and more links to organisations for further help.
  • Mind provide information on mental health and where you can get support. They also have practical advice for staying at home and taking care of your mental wellbeing.

If you would like to know more about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the Mental Health Foundation where you can find information about the campaign and how you can get involved.

Hockey family, we’re all in this together and let’s just keep taking it one day at a time 💚