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Mental health message for Blackpool Football Club’s new season

Written by on 29/08/2021

Blackpool Council’s mental health campaign, Get Vocal, has announced its third consecutive year of partnership with Blackpool FC, who today launched a striking black and tangerine kit displaying the Get Vocal branding.

The campaign appears on the front of the team’s third kit away shirts for the 2021/22 football season. Get Vocal advertising will be on display at the Bloomfield Road ground and players will promote the campaign’s key messages over the season. It is part of a wider Blackpool Council sponsorship deal, which also sees VisitBlackpool branding on the players’ home kit.

Get Vocal’s message is particularly aimed at men in Blackpool who may be struggling but might not feel able to reach out. The sponsorship aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health and encourages all residents to look after their mental wellbeing and seek support if they need it.

Get Vocal promotes these 5 tips for better mental health:

Voice – Talk to people

Observe – Live in the moment

Connect – Help others

Active – Move to clear your mind

Learn – Try something new

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council said: “Mental health is something we all have and need to look after.

“The stigma around reaching out and asking for support or letting loved ones know we are struggling is still very much there for many people and we want to change that.

“We are all aware that our physical health can be improved, but sometimes we forget our mental health also needs attention. The Get Vocal tips are a way to start giving your mental health the care it needs.

“The partnership between Get Vocal and Blackpool Football Club means we can reach more residents with our message and start a conversation about the importance of mental wellbeing.”

The Get Vocal kit will go on sale in-store and online at Blackpool Football Club from Monday 31 August at 10am.

More information about the Get Vocal campaign and local mental health services can be found online at www.healthierblackpool.co.uk/GetVocal

Anyone who needs urgent mental health support in Blackpool can call the Mental Health Crisis Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 953 0110.