Tomorrow is the 2nd Annual Chris Mitchell Foundation Awareness Day at The Falkirk Stadium, in association with Samaritans.

The Foundation will be tomorrow’s match sponsor and as such various branding items will be located in the stadium on Saturday to help raise awareness of their work.

Chris Mitchell’s family have also been invited as Official Guests of the club to the match.

A collection will take place to raise funds for the Chris Mitchell Foundation ahead of tomorrow’s match. Look out for collectors who will be outside the turnstiles and inside the concourse tomorrow afternoon.

Reflecting on the last year, key achievements for The Chris Mitchell Foundation have included:

  • Committing £8,900 to the SPFL Trust to fund the delivery of nine two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses, training 114 people across 53 organisations and contributed to 40 of the 42 SPFL clubs now having a staff member trained in MHFA. Attendees have the skills to act as a bridge to appropriate professional help for individuals that are identified to be struggling with their mental health.  The MHFA training programme has been so successful the English Football Association are sending a representative on the course in January 2019.
  • Entering into a tri-partite agreement with the Professional Football Association (PFA) and Professional Football Association Scotland (PFA Scotland) to establish the Chris Mitchell Scholarship Programme, contributing 1/3 of the costs to an accredited IT Skills course, undertaken by 10 SPFL players.
  • Receiving recognition from Scottish Parliament for the work of the foundation by the way of a Parliamentary Motion, raised by Annie Wells MSP and supported by numerous other cross-party members.
  • Securing a meeting with the Minister for Mental Health in early January 2019, to discuss the matter of mental health awareness within Scottish football and what more can be done.
  • Early discussions with Falkirk Foundation to explore options for collaborative working.
  • Setting up an introductory meeting with Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of Scottish Football Association (SFA) in January 2019 to discuss in further detail the SFA’s Mental Health Strategy.
  • Engaging with Breathing Space to establish a working relationship with the purpose of hosting joint fundraising events and awareness campaigns.

There will also be a promotional article in tomorrow’s Scottish Sun including a relationship with two of Chris’ former teammates, Lewis Kidd and Mark Durnan.

Due to time of year, we are also using tomorrow’s match to make supporters aware of the service the Samaritans can provide. They offer a free call service on 116 123.