SCDF welcome Mental Health Ambassador

Ahead of this week's Betfred Super League's Wellbeing Round of fixtures, Saints Community Development Foundation (SCDF) is delighted to announce Mike Webster as their Mental Health Ambassador.

All clubs across the Betfred Super League will be teaming up in support of the league’s biggest ever mental and physical health campaign ‘Tackle the Tough Stuff’ raising awareness throughout the Wellbeing Round.

And SCDF have brought in lifelong fan, Mike, who has been watching Saints for over 50 years, as their Mental Health Ambassador.

Earlier in Mike’s career he worked as a social worker and has a vast amount of experience at senior level in social services with North Yorkshire County Council and before that Lancashire County Council.

Mike is a perfect fit for the Foundation as he shares the same beliefs and passion towards mental health. He has been brought in to further expand on their already impressive portfolio of programmes dedicated towards mental health awareness, coping strategies and ‘staying well whilst you’re well’.

Both Walter Brennan (SCDF’s Mental Health specialist) and Mike have a good track record in their field and the Foundation is tremendously proud to be in a position to have them both on board.

Mike Webster said: “I am extremely proud to be asked to join the Foundation as their Mental Health Ambassador. I know how important rugby, and especially Saints are to the town. Getting the chance to help members of our wide rugby audience who may be dealing with mental health issues is a brilliant opportunity. Hopefully we can build on the fantastic work the Foundation does in our community and most importantly reach out to individuals and organisations that work in the mental health field to increase the reach of the Foundation. If I can help even a little bit using my experience, it will be a massive bonus.”

Saints Community Development Foundation Director Steve Leonard said: “Our work towards mental health is in its infancy. We have great programmes on the go which touch on all aspects of mental health and all the age ranges within our community, but we need to be doing more. Everyone in St Helens can hold their heads high when it comes to St Helens RFC and the heights that the team take us to on a weekly basis. I want everyone to be proud of the Foundation and to see it as the pillar of our community, a pillar that touches everyone’s life in numerous different ways, a Foundation that is there for people, that provides for our Community and something that provides a heartbeat for us all.

“We can only do this with the support of experts like Mike, people who are passionate about making a difference, have the knowledge base and skill set in their field and the good name and reputation to uphold and enhance the name of the Saints Community development Foundation. I would like to welcome Mike on board and wish him well in his new role. I hope you will find time to support him also as I know Mike has a lot of work he plans to do and people he is eager to meet.

“I would also like to welcome our partners and friends from State of Mind to tomorrow night’s game. Their work is tremendous and has really lifted the lid on mental health and the amount of people who need support. I would also like to thank North West Boroughs NHS trust and Simon Barber for their continued support of our work towards mental health in our community.”

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