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Positive mindset: Breathing Space derby this Saturday

MENTAL HEALTH will be on everyone’s minds this weekend as Newmains United and Vale of Leven clash in the Breathing Space derby.

Both teams are sponsored by the service, which provides free and confidential telephone advice and support for anyone in Scotland experiencing issues with low moods, depression or anxiety.

Staff from Breathing Space will be at Victoria Park on Saturday for the game – which kicks off at 2pm – with posters and information on the support they can offer.

Breathing Space National Coordinator Tony McLaren said: “We’ve been working closely with Newmains United and Vale of Leven to increase the awareness and understanding of mental wellbeing and remove the stigma of asking for support for mental health problems.

“Breathing Space offers free and confidential listening and advice for anyone feeling low, stressed or anxious.

“We are delighted to be going to Victoria Park to support these two junior football teams in our mental wellbeing derby match.

“It’s great these young footballers are helping to get the message across to ‘open up when you’re feeling down’ to players, fans and the wider community.”

Newmains United co-manager Paul Davies said: “We are privileged to have Breathing Space as one of our partners.

“Mental health issues can affect anyone and having an awareness of them is something which is extremely important.

“Breathing Space’s hard work is vital to this and we welcome the opportunity to join with them and Vale of Leven in helping to highlight what people can do if they are feeling low.”