Our home game against Rothes on Saturday 5th March 2022 has been selected for a very special hospitality offer in partnership with SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
Founded in 1923, SAMH is Scotland's national mental health charity and today works with adults and young people in over 60 communities, offering social care support, primary care services and education programmes, including The Changing Room project which is delivered in partnership with several SPFL clubs. Every year 1 in 4 of us in Scotland will experience a mental health problem, but organisations like SAMH are able to offer support and actively campaign to influence positive social change.
There’s still a gender divide when it comes to mental health, with men two and half times more likely than woman to die by suicide. Studies have found that men aren’t great at talking about how they feel, and we know that talking is one of the first steps to better mental health. Without talking, opening up and taking action, nothing will change.
Our Commercial Director Calum Lawrie has recently completed SAMH’s Changing Room project alongside Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust: “Like for so many, the last couple of years were incredibly tough for me. I never thought the impact of the world changing in such a short space of time was something that would have an affect on me, but I think lockdowns, not being able to see family and friends, staring at a computer screen all day and of course not being able to come up to Princess Royal Park really made me sit up and realise that my own mental health was starting to slip a wee bit".
"Thanks to the work of SAMH and the Changing Room, I have noticed a big difference in myself, by exploring different topics within the wider topic of mental health, but within a football-focused environment. I’ve been able to strengthen my relationships both at work and in my personal life, as well as now being more aware of what mental wellbeing actually is, and that it is not something that should come with stigma attached”.
We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and it’s important that we take the time to look after it. There are lots of things we can do every day to support our wellbeing and The New Economic Foundation suggests the following five ways to better wellbeing.
Vale committee member Sonia Pirie has organised a fantastic day of hospitality and entertainment, including a performance from well-known local musician Heldi, as we look to help raise funds for the vital work SAMH carries out every day across the country. Tickets are priced at £30 per person, which includes pre and post-match drinks, half-time refreshments and reserved seating in the stand to enjoy the match. What’s more, every single penny of ticket sales will be donated to SAMH.
You can purchase your tickets by getting in touch with Sonia, either by emailing Sonia.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07746 599436. You can also click the button below to register your interest and we'll get in touch with you to confirm your booking.
For further information on SAMH and the support that is available if you want to talk, please visit their website: SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health | SAMH
Let’s fill out the Motive Offshore Group Hospitality Lounge for a great day out at Princess Royal Park as we hope to cheer on a great result both on and off the pitch!