By: Hibernian Media on 16 Sep, 2019 20:59
As active as the players in the Hibernian Development Squad are, there’s always time to pause for reflection.
That was the message in this week’s Vision 2020 Education programme.
The topic was ‘mental health and wellbeing’ – which is a crucially important subject for young males in Scotland.
Christopher Nicholson leads The Changing Room project at Easter Road Stadium, which is a SAMH project working in partnership with Hibernian Football Club and the SPFL Trust.
Funded by the Movember Foundation, it’s all about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through the delivery of a series of mental health training workshops.
We want to develop an environment where mental health can be discussed openly and without judgement, to ensure anyone can access the necessary support.
Our Development Squad players were asked to consider their own mental health and wellbeing, while gaining an increased awareness of the subject.
Christopher said: “We’re delighted to work in partnership with the Development Squad at Hibernian FC and share important messages about mental health.
“It’s great to see the club being proactive in their approach to ensuring that the young players at Hibernian are as strong as they can be, not just physically but mentally, too.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the club.”
Christopher was at HTC to present the first of a range of workshops, which aims to help the players gain the confidence required to speak out, listen to others and learn about mental health in general.
Not just for their own benefit, but also in order to support those around them who may be facing challenges of their own.
Hibernian’s Education and Welfare Officer, Sean McPartlin, said: “We are delighted to have Pher as part of our education programme.
“There is a drive to inform and support young people in Scotland on matters of mental health and we feel it’s important that our young players are encouraged to address the topic.
“It is good to see them considering and discussing these issues.
“We work hard at the Hibernian Training Centre on physical fitness and technical skills, so it is only right that mental wellbeing is also addressed.
“These are all elements which contribute to a young player fulfilling their potential.”
The Changing Room’s next drop-in session at Easter Road Stadium is on Monday 30 September at 6pm.
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