This year the Solway Sharks are raising awareness on mental health and the fight to tackle stigma and discrimination. They have decided to support the Samaritans, who will be visible and will have fundraising events at Sharks home games throughout the season.
Team captain Struan Tonnar explained, “As a team we discussed what charity we wanted to promote this season, and as we talked it became obvious that Mental Health was important for a lot of the guys in the room. Covid and the restrictions around it was a struggle for a lot of people, and affected us players as we weren’t able to get together and support each other like we usually do during the season. We all know someone who has struggled with or is struggling with their mental health. We want to raise funds and help support the community that supports us, so keep an eye out for our fundraising events and your chance to help show your support along side us.”
Ann Stephenson, Director of Dumfries Samaritans said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Solway Sharks to be their Charity of the Year. It is a great opportunity for us to highlight the services and resources Samaritans can offer to people who are finding it hard to cope. Having someone to talk to when you are struggling is vital and Samaritans offers that listening ear at any time – day or night – the space to talk.”
Sharks will be wearing green ribbon decals on their helmets throughout the season to show their support for mental health and Samaritans.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the Samaritans on 116123.
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