Newport County stars provide a heartwarming act of lockdown kindness for mental health sufferer
Grassroots
19 May 2020

Newport County stars provide a heartwarming act of lockdown kindness for mental health sufferer

If you're fed-up of being stuck in the house during the Covid-19 lockdown, spare a thought for mental health sufferers who are stuck in hostels with little support. 

Imagine living with the same urges for normality as everybody else while battling your own demons amid the Coronavirus threat, while living in a building full of virtual strangers. 

One such sufferer is Jordan Evans, from Newport, who is a regular participant at our County in the Community We Wear the Same Shirt sessions, which use football to help mental health sufferers come together. 

Not only was Jordan struggling with his mental health, but he's found getting the help he needed almost impossible and struggled to get any more than the basics to eat.  

So Jordan received a great boost when his Newport County heroes stepped-in to kindly provide a hamper of food to see him through a tough week. 

After joining in the online quizzes that have replaced the group's weekly football sessions, County players Matt Dolan and Mark O'Brien (who were also joined by former teammate Dan Butler) wanted to do more.

Then manager Mike Flynn, his assistant Wayne Hatswell and the Exiles' first-team squad clubbed together to provide a vital food parcel for Jordan, one of the group's most vulnerable members. 

On receiving the hamper, delighted Jordan said: "I want to say a huge thank you to everybody at We Wear the Same Shirt and a massive thank you to all the players and staff at Newport County for helping me out.

"Thank you so much. I really appreciate it."

WE WEAR THE SAME SHIRT MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
WE WEAR THE SAME SHIRT MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME

The group, which was set-up as part of the We Wear the Same Shirt programme, created in partnership with the FAW Trust and Time to Change Wales charity, uses football to combat mental health stigma.

The participants have continued to stay in touch throughout lockdown and are being joined by several members of Mike Flynn's first-team. 

They join together to speak on Whatsapp every day and have replaced their weekly football session with an online quiz, at 1pm every Thursday. 

They have also provided a laptop to help one participant stay in touch and signposted extra support from MIND Cymru

We're celebrating the great work Welsh football has done for mental health sufferers with a tournament

Jenny Burns, Head of Wales Office at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “This year we want to celebrate “Kindness” as a core value both for ourselves and others.
"We have seen some wonderful examples of kindness during these difficult and challenging times.
"But we want to see governments and leaders make kindness a priority in communities and embed it in policy-making both now during the pandemic and in the future as we face even bigger challenges than ever before.”

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