BACKGROUND

Too many young people are losing their lives through suicide. There is a gap in services in Wales that offer preventative wellbeing services or immediate support to those that are struggling. There is a long waiting list for mental health support from the NHS and many people find themselves never receiving the help they so desperately need.

 There is a negative stigma associated with mental health which many find difficult to discuss with family and friends, especially males. 

THE PROJECT

Ammanford Town has a very enthusiastic sporting community has been hit hard by the death of Jac Lewis. Jac was very popular within the sporting community and the loss of him has impacted the community greatly.

It is through this great loss that the Ammanford sporting community has come together to collectively form the Jac Lewis Foundation with a passion to provide a professional lifeline within the Ammanford Community to anyone in need of support.

The project will provide:

A TELEPHONE SUPPORT SERVICE
One to one counselling services
WELL-BEING WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING COURSES
MENTOR TRAINING FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY
SUPERVISION FOR TRAINED MENTORS

This will be provided to all members and families of the sporting community, linked to Ammanford Cricket, Football, and Rugby clubs including the younger members from 5 years upwards.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES


To provide a preventative wellbeing and mental health service to the community of Ammanford managed by professionally qualified counsellors and wellbeing advisors.


To train up members of the community to become wellbeing mentors to support other members going through difficult times.



To reduce the stigma of mental health and develop a culture within the community where it is okay to talk about mental health.




To decrease mental health difficulties and increase the well-being and resilience of the community.