MENtalk and WOMENtalk - mental health support groups

Find out more about this community sports charity which is running free activities to support mental health.
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What are MENtalk and WOMENtalk? 

MENtalk and WOMENtalk were developed by Sky Blues in the Community (SBitC), the charity linked to Coventry City Football Club with the aim of supporting people across Coventry and Warwickshire with their emotional health and well-being.  

Each session is led by a Mental Health Co-ordinator with support from SBitC’s professional sports coaches, with the opportunity for attendees to choose activities and discussion topics.

Sessions are fun, welcoming, and free to attend and can include activities such as badminton, football, table tennis, basketball, indoor archery, bowls, gardening, yoga, or creative activities. One-to-one support is also given.

The project is open to everyone, not just those who are interested in football or sport.

Workshops relate to subjects such as:

  • anxiety and stress management
  • feeling low
  • self-compassion
  • mindfulness
  • sleeping well
  • healthy eating
  • substance misuse
  • stopping smoking 

How do I join a group?

Just turn up - no need to book.

To find out more contact Robbie Chandler, MENTalk's Mental Health Co-ordinator:

Robert.Chandler@sbitc.org.uk

07845 812 639

Anyone can join at any time. Referrals are also accepted through professionals.

When is it?

MENtalk:

Tuesdays 11 am - 1 pm – St Nicholas’ Park Leisure Centre in Warwick (CV34 4QY).

Thursdays 12 pm - 2 pm – Moat House Leisure Centre in Coventry (CV2 1EA).

Fridays 2 pm - 4 pm  Jubilee Sports Centre in Nuneaton (CV10 7EZ) 

WOMENtalk:

Wednesdays 11 am - 12.30 pm – (women’s mental health project) @ St Nicholas’ Park Leisure Centre in Warwick (CV34 4QY)

Fridays 12 pm - 1:30 pm  Jubilee Sports Centre in Nuneaton (CV10 7EZ)

FIT FANS weight management project:

Wednesdays 6 pm - 8 pm – @ Coventry Building Society Arena (CV6 6AQ)

What people have said so far about MENtalk:

“You’ve helped in so many ways. I’m not sure you realise how awesome this project is from a person to have lived with this illness for so long. Talking with you has helped to calm me down and get me in a better place. This group is awesome for me. My wife wants to thank you as well as she’s seen a change.”

I’m not exaggerating when I say this course has been a lifesaver as I was really struggling and running out of options about how I was going to keep going before being introduced to this course.

“I found the sessions have improved my mental health. It helped me to talk about my feelings and thoughts about my mental health. It was useful listening to others about their experiences also. I feel I can talk more now about how I feel.”

“Safe environment and it’s also helpful to see others in the same situation regarding feelings and thoughts to understand I'm not alone and this makes our team a team.”

I have gone from Zero to Hero. I can control my anxiety attacks to an extent now using the methods we were shown in the sessions, and I have stopped taking medication because of the training I’ve received.
In this film, Dave talks about how MENtalk has supported him.

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