The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. FC Wisconsin will once again do its part to help raise awareness of mental health issues within the club and how to recognize this need in yourself and others around you. FC Wisconsin aims to promote a community of excellence and also a community of care for our players, parents, coaches and alumni. Every Wednesday during the Month of May we will post a video or article to bring continued awareness and support to mental health issues.
Click HERE for the first video that we posted.
The knock on effects of the pandemic are still very evident and it has amplified mental health needs for many people. For those who may have had underlying issues, it has brought them to the surface. Many of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle, for the first time in our lives. We've seen our friends, our teammates, our partners, our parents, and our children be affected by mental health concerns.
The club has seen, firsthand, the struggles of numerous players (past and present), parents and coaches who have reached out for help over the last couple of years. We have been able to help and support many FC Family members who have been struggling with their mental health. However; we understand that there is still more that can be done and feel we are in a position to help raise awareness of mental health issues among our players, parents and within the club in general.
The last few years and the pressures that it has brought have undoubtedly affected the lives and routines of many of our players. It has affected their confidence, self-esteem, motivation and general well being. The club will use all of our social media platforms every Wednesday in May to help raise awareness and provide informational resources through videos, and articles regarding mental health and well-being.
We urge everyone to like, share and be involved in the initiative and to take the time to offer support to all those around us who are affected. Take the time to ask how a teammate, friend, or family member is doing. Take the time to reach out to someone who you feel may be struggling, and above all take the time to listen and show empathy to anyone in need.
Most importantly, we urge all players, parents and anyone connected to the FC Family who may be struggling to reach out to someone and talk. The club is always here to offer additional support for our members. Please don't ever hesitate to E-mail or call us if you feel we can help in any way.
We look forward to running this campaign again this year and believe that open and honest conversations regarding mental health are vitally important for all of our well being.