A mental health charity run by Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club has been praised for its life-saving work. The Wolves Foundation’s Head 4 Health project has helped individuals who were contemplating suicide find a new lease on life. One participant, 68-year-old John Martin, had considered taking his own life twice before joining the initiative in 2018. He credits the project with being the best thing that ever happened to him. The project offers workshops, walks, and discussions to improve the wellbeing of adults. Martin found a safe space to talk to others without fear of judgment or disclosure. Another participant, David Lees, 59, also spoke highly of the support he received from the foundation, which helped him cope with the loss of his brother and sister in 2022.
Head 4 Health was initially created to provide mental health support specifically for men. However, it has since expanded its reach and is now open to any adult over the age of 18 seeking to improve their wellbeing. The initiative focuses on face-to-face conversations and support, offering individuals a less intimidating alternative to clinical settings. The sessions take place at Molineux Stadium, providing a picturesque view of the pitch that often serves as an icebreaker and conversation starter.
The impact of Head 4 Health on the lives of its participants cannot be overstated. Both John Martin and David Lees credit the project with helping them navigate through difficult times and find renewed hope. They believe that without the support and understanding they received, their lives may have taken a tragic turn. The success and positive outcomes achieved by Head 4 Health highlight the importance of mental health initiatives and the value of creating safe spaces where individuals feel comfortable sharing their struggles.