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No 43 November 2008 Newsletter for the staff of Barnsley Primary Care Trust First Mental Health Football Tournament Ten mental health football teams came to Barnsley recently to celebrate World Mental Health Day.   mental health issues and promote physical activity.  There is evidence from around the country that participants in activities like this report significant improvements in their health.“ The NHS service user teams joined the Barnsley Challenge team for the matches at Barnsley Oakwell Football Club. They included Sheffield, Rotherham, Eastwood, Pontefract, Wakefield and Leicester. Barnsley Challenge has recently received a grant from the Football Foundation for nearly £6000, and together with money from NHS Barnsley, has £9000 available to assist in promoting the benefits of football and physical activity as a tool for helping patients who have a mental Illness. Hannah Geal and colleagues organised the day. “We’re pleased to report that Barnsley Challenge 1 were the winners on the day although everyone who took part in playing or supporting the teams that played deserve a pat on the back for their support of such a worthwhile event.” Sean Rayner, Chief Operating Officer for Care Services Direct (part of NHS Barnsley) commented on the tournament: Patients playing for Barnsley Challenge train once a week at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Academy. Approximately 20 service users take part in the sessions which are run by physiotherapy staff.  Staff along with 4 service users will shortly be registering onto the Level 1 coaching award. “It is important to support activities such as the football tournament organised by Barnsley Challenge in celebration of Mental Health Day. This event will help raise awareness of Following on from the event it is hoped that through discussions with the Local FA, a mental health Football League for Yorkshire and the Humber can be initiated. Inside this issue: 1 News in Brief page 2 New People page 4/5 Risky Matters page 6/7 Healthy course celebration page 11

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