Media Release: Fans of five-a-side football are urged to lace up their boots for Choose Life Challenge Cup

Choose Life Winners 2015 Tackleberries from Haddington with Ian Gray MSP

FANS of five-a-side football are being urged to lace up their boots and enter their team for this year’s Choose Life Challenge Cup.

The tournament will take place on World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September 2016, at the excellent Hibernian Football Club Training Centre in East Lothian.

In its sixth year, the Choose Life Challenge Cup will be one of the closing events of World Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from Monday 5 until Sunday 11 September. The event highlights the positive difference sport and exercise can make to a person’s mental wellbeing.

Event organiser, John Murphy, is project worker with SHARE (Suicide, Harm Awareness, Recovery and Empathy), which is a Midlothian support group for men aged between 25 and 50 years of age and delivered by Scottish charity, Health in Mind.

John said: “Last year, 16 teams took part from Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and Dundee with two ladies teams making a fantastic contribution.

“The tournament is set up as a mini-league with the top teams going on to compete for the Choose Life Challenge Cup, the Health in Mind trophy and one outstanding team member receiving the Player of the Tournament Award.”

Last year, the Choose Life Challenge Cup was won by the Haddington-based Tackleberries. The competition will run from 10am until 12.30pm and will benefit from the outstanding facilities at the Hibernian Football Club Training Centre at East Mains, Ormiston near Tranent in East Lothian.

The Choose Life Challenge Cup is supported by Gamechanger, the Public Social Partnership, launched in January 2016, by Hibernian Football Club, the Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian.

Gamechanger works in partnerships to harness the power of football to help tackle inequalities and to promote social justice and is believed to be the first of its kind developed with a football club.

It will deliver major projects that will create big physical and mental health benefits, create and deliver training and employability programmes, and work to improve the lives of more vulnerable people in our communities.

As well as the three founding partners, there are almost one hundred private, public and third sector organisations and individuals who have signed up as interested parties. Health in Mind is one of the interested parties.

To find out more or to book a place for your team, contact John Murphy on 0131 663 1616 or email him on


For further information contact Health in Mind communications manager, Doreen Graham on 0131 243 0137 or 075 9000 9953.

Notes for editors:

SHARE started as a Midlothian pilot project, funded by the Choose Life suicide prevention initiative and is delivered by Health in Mind’s Orchard Centre Services in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and is available for men aged 25 to 50.

Health in Mind is a Scottish charity with almost 35 years’ experience delivering specialist mental health and wellbeing services including support services; talking therapies; information and a range of self-management and preventative services.

Last year, we worked with nearly 2,500 people in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders, dealing with over 1,300 enquiries in our Information Service.

Our training programme offers a wide range of courses to Health in Mind staff and volunteers as well as externally and includes Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid course (SMHFA).

We employ around 120 staff, supported by around 298 volunteers. We are accredited with both Investors in People and Investors in Volunteers.

Health in Mind is governed by a Board of Directors, who are trustees of the charity and the day-to-day running is delegated to our Chief Executive, Gwenn McCreath.

Our vision is of supportive communities where all people are resilient; experience positive mental health and wellbeing; realise their potential and can participate equally.

Our values are important to us and include compassion; respect; realising potential; integrity and inclusion.

We believe in recovery and strive to help people lead the lives they want to live.

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Contact: Doreen Graham
Phone: 07590009953