MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
MAY 17-21, 2021
From May 17-21 we will be running an FC Wisconsin Mental Health Awareness Week initiative. This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and how to recognize this need in yourself and others around you. We want to reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns and highlight how to find support within the club.
The pandemic has amplified mental health needs for many people. For those who may have had underlying issues, it has brought them to the surface. Many of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle, for the first time in our lives. We've seen our friends, our teammates, our partners, our parents, and our children be affected by mental health concerns.
The club has seen, firsthand, the struggles of numerous players (past and present), parents and coaches who have reached out for help during this difficult time. We have been able to help and support many FC Family members who have been struggling with their mental health. However; we understand that there is still more that can be done and feel we are in a position to help raise awareness of mental health issues among our players, parents and within the club in general.
Coronavirus has undoubtedly affected the lives and routines of many of our players. It has affected their confidence, self-esteem, motivation and general well being. Next week all of our social media platforms and messaging will be dedicated to raising awareness and providing informational resources through videos, articles and personal experiences regarding mental health and well-being.
We urge everyone to like, share and be involved in the campaign and to take the time to offer support to all those around us who are affected. Take the time to ask how a teammate, friend, or family member is doing. Take the time to reach out to someone who you feel may be struggling, and above all take the time to listen and show empathy to anyone in need.
Most importantly, we urge all players, parents and anyone connected to the FC Family who may be struggling to reach out to someone and talk.
We look forward to running this campaign next week and believe that open and honest conversations regarding mental health are vitally important for all of our well being.