Great Minds is a new collaborative project launching on 21 September as part of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s broader suicide prevention work and in partnership with State of Mind Sport.
The project is a set of workshops aimed at men, helping them work through various mental health issues that challenge their equilibrium. It will link into the national and local public health initiatives that are directly concerned with suicide prevention specifically for men. The project aims to work alongside public health Leads to help them provide an alternative support in the six places of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, reaching out to the most vulnerable via social media and direct contact with sporting groups, clubs and communities.
Great Minds will deliver initial sessions online covering basic mental fitness, stress management, building resilience, exploring emotional intelligence, problem solving and anger management. Former professional and successful, recognisable sportspeople will share their stories and the coping strategies that they have used when faced with life changing events such as mental health challenges, bereavement through suicide, mental fitness challenges and other mental health conditions that have affected their wellbeing.