McCall understands importance of mental health

Motherwell management and players launching elament for success (mental health) campaign -  McCall
Motherwell management and players launching elament for success (mental health) campaign - McCall
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MOTHERWELL manager Stuart McCall has helped relaunch Lanarkshire’s mental health and well-being information website.

The site, www.elament.org.uk, has been developed to give people a starting point if they have concerns about their mental well-being.

McCall explained how taking care of his players’ mental health has been an important element of the club’s success this season.

He said: “This season at Fir Park success on the pitch brings more games and higher expectation. However, part of my role as manager has been to take steps to manage the demands placed upon the players and get the balance right between football and relaxation.

“It’s also been about promoting well-being and a positive mental attitude, building their confidence and self-belief, focusing on their strengths and the things that are under their control and having goals to work towards.

“As a result we’ve celebrated when things have gone well but we’ve also learned to build on the things that don’t go well.

“We all have busy lives these days – with work, family commitments and the added pressure of the current financial climate – and having people around that support and understand is really important.

“That’s why sites like www.elament.org.uk are very important as they help us recognise the signs of everyday stress and feel comfortable talking about it.

“But they also offer advice, information and support to people to take action to look after their own and other’s mental health and well-being.”

Motherwell FC has been at the forefront in promoting positive mental health messages such as signing the ‘See Me’ pledge last year and displaying the website www.stepsforstress.org on the back of their shirts.

Leanne Dempster, chief executive of the club, said: “We want to use our profile and links to the Lanarkshire community and footballing world to increase understanding of mental health and reduce the stigma.”

Kevin O’Neill, chairman of the Lanarkshire Mental Health Improvement Partnership Group, added: “We know from national surveys that around 75,000 people in Lanarkshire will have experienced stress or depression in the last two weeks.

“We also know that many people want to look after their own mental health and well-being but it can be difficult to know where to start.

“The website is the first stop shop for mental health information in Lanarkshire, from understanding mental health problems, finding self-help information and seeing what services and supports are available.”

If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone, contact your GP.