Ray’s Story – #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

As we move into the latter stages of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to introduce you to a participant of our Mental Health Football sessions, Ray.

Ray attends the sessions twice a week at Burnden Park to not only play football and enjoy some exercise, but to spend a few hours with his peers and find ways of managing his own mental health issues. Socialising is one way he deals with these issues.

He told bwct.org.uk his own story of lifelong Mental Health issues, and how the Community Trust are helping him to get over those hurdles.

‘It’s been going on all my life really. I’ve got Bipolar Disorder and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).’

‘I’m on medication and its hard work. Every day is hard work.’

‘I wake up in a morning and my mood can dip just like that. I’ve just got to keep myself going.’

‘I enjoy the Mental Health Football sessions. Playing football releases endorphins, so it makes me feel good.’

‘They (Bolton Wanderers Community Trust) do Boxing sessions as well, and I enjoy going to them too.’

‘Sport is the way forward for me.’

‘Mental illness is a very lonely place, so the social aspect of the session and being able to go to the Third Space Café afterwards is a really good thing for me and it helps me socialise with people.’

Asked to give some advice to people out there who may well be struggling with Mental Health issues of their own, Ray conjured up the following words of wisdom:

‘For a start off, don’t be bullied by anybody. Get yourself doing some sports.’

‘Basically, get yourself down to the doctors and the psychiatric nurse, and just tell them all about yourself. Explain who you are and don’t be afraid!’

For details on how to sign up for our Mental Health Football sessions, contact Community Trust Development Officer Ste Thomas. (Telephone: 01204 673790. Email: sthomas@bwct.org.uk)

Be Social and Spread the Word!