The 12th Man campaign encourages men to talk about mental health more often. Being a 12th Man shows strength and requires a commitment. However, the role does not replace the need for professional services when they are required.
The role of the 12th Man is to be open, listen and signpost people to additional mental health support if they need it. In sports, if a teammate is injured a sensible suggestion would be that they seek professional support so that they can come back stronger. The 12th Man does the same.
If you, or someone you know are experiencing mental health problems then here are some organisations that can help:
A quick internet search for mental health services in your area will also help you find out what’s available locally, but it’s always sensible to recommend that people visit their GP as a starting point. It’s also important to remember that social connections and physical activity have a real benefit to people’s mental health and general well-being. This can be part of recovery, a tactic to prevent mental health problems or simply a way of maintaining positive health and well-being. Using the 12th Man kit can be a good way of normalising mental health and encouraging people to talk about it in everyday life.Get Involved with our clubsWhy not drop us a line? Get in touchTake a look at some of our events