Barnsley council’s #AlrightPal campaign kicked off this week for World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10 September.
The campaign sets out to break the taboo around talking about mental health, highlighting the importance of starting the conversation as a first step towards suicide prevention.
Barnsley Football Club is supporting the campaign, raising awareness to fans, encouraging people to talk about mental health and providing support to those who might need it.
This year, 20 seats at Oakwell Stadium will don t-shirts featuring Barnsley Samaritans and #AlrightPal branding as a visual representation of the annual figures of those who die by suicide every year in the borough. The visuals will be in place for the Barnsley vs Leeds match on Sunday 15 September.
Daniel Stendel, Head Coach at Barnsley Football Club, said: “It’s important that everyone takes care of their mental health, managing the difficulties we face in stressful times that people can face every day. #AlrightPal helps our fans to become more aware of the importance that supporting each other can have, making it okay to talk. You can feel like you’re not alone, and there is help available. We are all human, and we can all help each other to get through things.”
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Every time someone dies by suicide it’s a tragic loss for our communities, and once again, we’re blown away by the support for our #AlrightPal campaign. There are some fantastic community groups, charities and organisations out there that work tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health and provide support to those who need it. We’re urging everyone to take this opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life and find out how you can help; even a simple conversation helps to make it okay to talk about mental health.”
If you’re worried about someone who might be experiencing mental health issues or suicidal thoughts, there’s lots you can do to help. Take a look at the guidance at Barnsley.gov.uk/AlrightPal.