On Sunday 12th May, hundreds of footballers will descend to QPR’s Loftus Road stadium to compete in the UK’s first Mental Health World Cup, raising funds for CALM.
For the last seven years, Overbury and Morgan Lovell employee and CALM legend Giancarlo Gaglione, has been running an annual 5-a-side tournament called Lan The Baron in memory of his brother, Lanfranco Gaglione. It’s an event that sums up CALM – a community coming together over a shared passion, having a great day, and learning about CALM in the process.
With suicide remaining the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and construction highlighted as the sector most at risk, this year’s event – the newly-named Mental Health World Cup – is designed to bring men, football, and leading companies from the construction industry together to raise awareness and start conversations around mental health. Over the course of half a day, teams will battle it out in a 5-a-side spectacular at QPR’s home in a bid to be crowned this year’s Mental Health World Cup champions. All teams will get over an hour of playing time on the pitch and at least five matches against nations from around the world.
“Having Overbury and Morgan Lovell as the main sponsors of this year’s Mental Health World Cup is going to give a real boost to our cause. Not only is it going to help us raise awareness in the industry as a whole, it also gives a clear message to people working in construction that it’s ok to not be ok. That we can talk about mental health, that people can admit when they have problems and that they can get the help they need. If we can change the perception, then we can save lives. That’s what it’s all about.”
To find out more about the Mental Health World Cup and the ways you can get involved, head here.
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