Big Hearts, the official charity partner of the Club, today launched ‘The Changing Room’ at Tynecastle Park - a joint initiative with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), The Movember Foundation and the SPFL Trust.
‘The Changing Room’ has one goal: to bring men aged 30 to 64 together to meet up, increase their social connections and look after their mental health and wellbeing.
The initiative received the support from club captain Christophe Berra who encouraged Hearts fans to get involved in the project:
“Men can benefit from being more aware of their mental health. The Changing Room at Tynecastle Park will provide the right environment for them to come together for a chat and improve their wellbeing.”
Craig Wilson, Big Hearts General Manager, said: “We’re delighted to launch this project here at Tynecastle Park to raise awareness and encourage early intervention. It’s about allowing men in their middle years to open up without fear of judgement because we all have mental health.”
Robert Nesbitt, SAMH Head of Physical Activity and Sport, said: “At SAMH we know that talking is one of the first steps to better mental health. We want men to start conversations whether it’s in the stadium, in the stands, in online chat rooms, even in the queue for a pie and Bovril. We want to inspire, educate and equip men to invest in their own wellbeing.”
The 12-week programme will start on the 30th October at 6pm. Men aged 30-64 are encouraged to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Big Hearts website.