Cheltenham Town Football Club players Danny Andrew and Jeff Goulding will be tackling stigma, not opponents, when they support the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust by signing as Public Members on Tuesday 12th October.
The two local heroes are getting behind the Time to Get Moving campaign by pledging support to ²gether, the NHS provider of mental health and care services across Gloucestershire. The Time to Get Moving campaign promotes wellbeing by encouraging people with and without experience of mental health issues to get active together. Through this, exercise can be used to break down social barriers and stigma. Physical activity is also a great way to improve and protect your mental wellbeing as it releases endorphins, relieves stress and gives the opportunity to socialise with others.
Ros Taylor, Public Governor for Cheltenham and Chair of the ²gether Membership Committee said: “One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, this makes it everybody’s business. We want to promote a society where a mental health condition is seen as an illness like any other. By joining ²gether as a Public Member you can demonstrate your support to remove stigma.”
²gether has Foundation Trust Status meaning it is accountable to local people rather than central government. Public Membership of the Trust gives residents across Gloucestershire the chance to influence local NHS Services, pledge support and make a real difference to people with mental health services.
Membership is completely free and open to anyone living in Gloucestershire over the age of 16. Members can choose how much or how little to be involved from standing as a Public Governor, to feeding back on services or showing simply showing support by signing up.
For more information and to become a member of the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust click here.