Mental Health Awareness Week

With the coronavirus outbreak having a large impact on our daily lives, Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2020 was about ‘Kindness’ and was more important than ever to help share the message of being kind to yourself and others.

Cardiff Fire is an ice hockey club with a broad range of fans of all ages and backgrounds. I was aware that many of the fanbase (just like myself) were facing all sorts of challenges as a result of the pandemic and were worried about how coronavirus was going to continue to affect them and their loved ones.

Many of us deal with existing mental health problems every day, and with self-isolation and social distancing it had caused more people to feel lonely or anxious. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time and it was more important than ever to reach out to others and let them know they’re not alone.

I realised the club had an amazing platform to reach out to the Cardiff hockey community and beyond during this tough time. During the week-long campaign I shared positive messages with photos of the team and re-posted content shared by the Mental Health Foundation. This coincided with ‘Clap for Our Carers’ as a key act of kindness and appreciation for others during the 2020 lockdown. I also compiled a ‘Feel Good’ playlist on Spotify with a selection of uplifting anthems hand-picked by members of the team to help our followers power through whilst staying at home.

To close out the week, we teamed up with the Cardiff Comets women’s ice hockey club and I asked players from both teams to record video messages for coping with mental health problems and tips for maintaining mental wellbeing during lockdown. With these messages, I produced a video entitled ‘Hockey family, we’re all this together’ to share on social media, together with a website article including useful information to help support anyone struggling with a mental health issue.

The video was a big success on social media receiving over 2 thousand views across Facebook and Instagram, and generating 12 thousand impressions across Facebook and Twitter, helping us reach out to as many people in the hockey community as possible.

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