Supporting Mental Health in Sport - Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity
Posted: May 28, 2020

Kibble’s team of psychologists is offering confidential telephone support to St. Mirren Football Club, helping to tackle the stigma around mental health in sport.

Following the positive uptake of our ‘Safe Space to Talk’ support line which was first introduced to Kibble staff, we are now extending this support to footballers and staff at St. Mirren. The confidential service has also benefited residential workers across the country who are caring for vulnerable members of society.

The service will offer staff, players and management private, online one-to-one sessions with Kibble’s psychologists as well as access to a confidential phone service manned by one of Kibble’s experienced staff therapists seven days a week.

The stigma surrounding men’s mental health in sport has increasingly been a subject of discussion, and this evening (Thursday, 28 May), in a BBC1 documentary the Duke of Cambridge meets with professional footballers to explore what role mental health plays in ‘the beautiful game’.

While Kibble will launch the service with St. Mirren FC, it hopes to open the confidential line up to professional footballers across the country, supporting them through the pandemic and beyond.

Chief Executive of Kibble and Director of St Mirren, Jim Gillespie, said: “Our number one priority throughout this pandemic has been to protect and support our staff as best we can, but it’s important to extend that support, where possible, to the players that need it.

“Our team of psychologists are hugely experienced, and we have recently seen the benefit of providing such a service when we offered residential care workers throughout the sector a ‘Safe Space to Talk’. With the additional stresses we have all faced as a result of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we emphasise the value of taking the time to talk. It’s the ambition of the club to have a successful season and supporting players and St Mirren through mental health wellbeing will go a long way to achieving that.”

Jim Goodwin, St. Mirren manager, said: “Football has long had a macho culture, and the human aspect of the game has often been overlooked, so it is vital that we make a conscious effort, especially at this time, to make sure our whole team is well looked after.

“Kibble gives us access to a range of expertise which can help us make St. Mirren the best team to work for, play for and, of course, support.”

The online and phone sessions will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am – 6pm, and Thursday’s from 12pm – 8pm.  Appointments will also be available at weekends where needed.

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