The Riverside is to be used for a monthly ‘open house’ service for suicide prevention support service TalkToday...
TalkToday was launched at the Riverside Stadium earlier this year when the players wore special warm-up t-shirts and the club carried messages in and around the stadium.
Speaking at the launch, Boro midfielder Adam Clayton said: “Mental Health is so important and we can’t do enough to increase awareness and encourage people to talk and share their feelings. Talk Today have a very clear and important message, and we can only hope that what we are doing can spread the word and help people.”
The club is working in partnership with the charity and has donated the use of a West Stand box for use by TalkToday. From November 12, the charity will be based at the Riverside every second Tuesday of the month between 1 and 5pm, giving people the opportunity to talk in a safe and familiar environment.
Talk Today said: “This is about saving people from believing there is no other way than to take your life. Something that’s greatly important and needed in our lovely little town. Together we can save people. Remember it’s okay to not be okay. Contact us now if you need to talk!
“Using Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat we provide a service that people can send a message to if they feel that they need help but don’t know where to turn, we have people who will call you back and listen to you, we can help you to find out where you can get help from professionals and arrange to meet you in a location which feels safe to you.
“We will be introducing a wellbeing wingman program. A different kind of wing man who will be there for a chat, to go for a walk, play pool or just go for a coffee.
“We want your feedback on what will help you to improve your mental health and be here to support you on your journey.
“We are not counsellors or therapists we are a group of people who are willing to listen, we will help you find the right path to start your personal journey back to happiness.”
*We are not a crisis intervention service*