Two Scottish Junior Football Clubs faced each other at the weekend in Scotland's first league fixture where both clubs are partnered by a mental health organisation.
Newmains United FC and Vale of Leven FC are both partners of Breathing Space, Scotland's mental health phone service. As well as wearing the Breathing Space logo on their kit, the manager, players and everyone associated with the club are advocates for the service.
Tony McLaren, who is National Coordinator of the Breathing Space helpline said: "We're fortunate enough to have two very enthusiastic and forward-thinking clubs, who are committed to promoting the message that mental health is everyone's business. It's great to see a fixture where the focus is on mental health and where the message to 'open up when you're feeling down' is getting across to fans and players alike."
Brian Brown who is the new Manager at Vale of Leven FC said:
"As a club we are committed to the health and welfare of our players, fans and the wider community. I’m delighted that we continue our partnership with Breathing Space and it is important that we encourage all around us with positive messages. This fixture takes place prior to World Suicide Prevention Day and it is important that we appreciate that low mood, anxiety and depression can affect us all throughout our lives. We are happy that we can help raise awareness of this free helpline."
Kevin Muirhead, Manager of Newmains United FC added:
"It is a great honour to be associated with Breathing Space, it is our belief that football should be used as a platform to raise self esteem, togetherness and a healthy mindset and what better way to do this than in partnership with an agency whose main aim is to increase the nations awareness of mental health."
"Since forming our partnership with Breathing Space we have had lots of people asking about the brand and we are only too happy to pass on information. I cannot think of a better partner to have in football and long may it continue."
Vale of Leven FC ahead of the match on Saturday