Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and West London NHS Trust launch new partnership during mental health awareness week event
An innovative new partnership between Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and West London NHS Trust’s Wellbeing & Recovery College launched at an event on Tuesday (16 May) as part of mental health awareness week.
The Wellbeing & Recovery College is a training and resource centre which develops and delivers education and skills to support wellbeing and management of mental health difficulties. The courses are open to people using existing mental health services, including carers and families.
The launch event was used as an opportunity to showcase everything on offer at the college which is now located at the Trust’s Community Stadium Hub.
Former Premier League striker and now Brentford FC Ambassador, Marcus Gayle said, “It’s fantastic to see the Community Sports Trust partnering with The West London NHS Wellbeing & Recovery College to provide wellbeing support and management of mental health for adults across Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.
“Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity.
“I think it’s important to let everyone know that you’re not alone with this and hopefully the partnership can encourage a lot more Brentford fans and people in west London to open up if they are struggling. It’s so important for us all to talk and empower each other, but also to share and listen as well.”
One service user, who preferred to remain anonymous but recently participated in a course at The Wellbeing & Recovery College, said, “I have some news for you. I don’t know how or why but my anxiety and depression has completely gone. Considering how ill I was that’s amazing…a miracle.”