Day: June 6, 2019

New Charity Sponsor for 1919/20 – Chris Mitchell Foundation

Chris Mitchell Foundation

Shire have donated two sponsorship spaces on the back of the new home and away kits to support and highlight the important work carried out by the Chris Michell Foundation. Shire will carry the Chris Mitchell Foundation logo on both new kits.

The Chris Mitchell Foundation’s vision is to dispel the stigma associated with mental health in Scottish professional football and for it to be integrated into physical health and fitness training programmes. Working in partnership with the SPFL Trust, we are delighted to offer a limited number of free places on NHS Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Course. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to help someone with mental health problems, whether in a professional or personal capacity. Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. The course is run over two days and is facilitated by Mark Fleming, Director and Senior Trainer at Positive Mental Health Scotland. Mark delivers a bespoke NHS Scotland accredited Mental Health First Aid Course specifically for people working within the football industry, focusing on the unique pressures experienced by those involved in football.

The aims of the course are:
to preserve life
to provide initial help
to promote recovery of good mental health
to provide comfort.
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid does NOT teach people to be therapists.

Participants will learn:
how to ask about suicide
how to recognise the signs of mental health problems
how to provide initial help
how to guide a person to appropriate help.

The course is available to club representatives from the Scottish Professional Football League (SPLF), Highland and Lowland Football League, Women’s Premier League and Youth Academies. Club representatives include but are not limited to: players, managers, coaches, match officials, physiotherapists, club chaplains, support staff and volunteers.

The Shire are proud to be supporting the fabulous work the Chris Mitchell Foundation are doing and will wear their logo on the back of both new Home and Away kits for season 2019/20.

The new kits will launch over the weekend.