Neil Lennon backs men’s mental health project

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has helped launch 'The Changing Room' programme – a two-year men’s mental health project in Edinburgh and across Scotland. 

The Changing Room is a pilot project working with Scottish Professional Football League Trust and Hibernian to engage with men in the heart of their communities. 

It will link men to community resources and deliver direct interventions, as well as forming new connections through group activities to improve their mental health.   

Former Celtic manager Lennon has previously spoken about his own mental health struggles and says this programme has the potential to change lives. 

Andy Grierson, Changing Room volunteer, with SAMH director of External Affair Jo Anderson and Hibs manager Neil Lennon

“I’m delighted to support The Changing Room project,” Lennon said. “It’s a great opportunity to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, and I’d encourage men to get involved in this programme that could be the kick-start to something new in their lives.” 

Jo Anderson, SAMH Director of External Affairs added: “In talking to men we learned that large numbers in their middle years struggle to talk about their feelings, their mental health and how to ask for help. 

“Working alongside Scottish football clubs such as Hibernian and using the power of football we will bring men together in spaces that they associate with, trust, and feel they belong.  

“We hope by starting conversations about mental health that The Changing Room will make a real impact to the lives of those who take part.” 

The first group of men to take part in the programme will meet at Easter Road – home of Hibernian FC – once a week, for 12 weeks to start positive conservations about mental health.  

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