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Pompey To Help Launch 'Never Mind The Stigma' Programme

Never Mind The Stigma Launches in 2024

The Tonic Music for Mental Health charity will be launching the 'Never Mind The Stigma' programme at Pompey's home fixture against Stevenage on New Year's Day.

Portsmouth Football Club have provided support to Tonic Music for Mental Health and will theme the League One fixture against Stevenage as Never Mind The Stigma Day.

A statement from the charity reads: "The fundamental aim of this project is to support and empower individuals to create a mutually supportive community network. We want to increase awareness of suicide in the local community, provide free and easy access to vital information to reduce stigma; encourage open conversations; offer support for those experiencing suicidal thoughts as well as the people who have been affected by suicide."

Read the full announcement on the Tonic Music website.

Carl Paddon, who has recently joined the Tonic Music for Mental Health team, has been speaking on The Football Hour with Jake Smith ahead of the launch on January 1st. Listen to their full conversation below:

Posters will be put up around Fratton Park for the game against Stevenage on January 1st and they will have QR codes on for you to scan and register your intent to receive help and support for your mental health, should you require assistance.

Tonic Music for Mental Health will also have a stall set up at the ground where you can speak to a member of the team and buy a special Never Mind The Stigma t-shirt (right).

As part of NMTS, there will be weekly peer support groups called 'MATE' (Men Ain't Talking Enough) which will offer a safe space for local men to be able to open up and share their emotions and experiences with others who may be going through the same or similar issues.

Accredited training will also be available for the peers that attend the weekly support groups, are around for almost all of the 6-week therapeutic groups and that are ready to take on leadership/facilitator roles within the groups.

The training will also provide both first aid and mental health first aid so that help can be provided not only to those within the group itself but also the local community, as members of the group have the opportunity to become beacons of the community.

For more information, follow Tonic Music for Mental Health on X - @tonicmusicmh or visit tonicmusic.co.uk.

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