Plymouth and The Terrace team up for FA Cup mental health campaign

Plymouth Argyle and sports culture retailer, The Terrace, will join together for a noble cause in this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash.

The Pilgrims are set to take on Premier League side Sheffield United on Saturday at 3pm. Broadcast on BBC digital platforms, the club will use their platform to spur on the conversation surrounding mental health.

Having sponsored the side for the club’s third-round victory at Huddersfield Town, The Terrace has donated their sleeve spot to Livewell Southwest, who provide mental health services in Plymouth for children, young people and adults, including mental health inpatient units, specialist services, and 24/7 crisis telephone lines.

The sleeve space will now carry the vital message “It’s okay not to be okay”, along with Livewell Southwest’s 24/7 crisis support number.

The Terrace Director Carl Sewell says it’s important to give something back in such challenging times.

“We had a lot of fun in the third round, with a victory to add to that, spirits are high, and it was a no-brainer for us as a brand to continue that support and sponsor the club once more for the fourth round.

“However, upon reflection, we felt as a brand there were some things more important right now than us showing off our logo on a sleeve again, so it is with great pleasure that we can hand the limelight to an organisation who are doing remarkable things for mental health in Plymouth.”

Dawn Slater, Director of People and Professionalism at Livewell Southwest, added: “Anyone can struggle with their mental health, particularly during times of uncertainty as we’re experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know how much of a lifeline football is to some people and we’re incredibly grateful that The Terrace and Plymouth Argyle have given us this opportunity to help raise awareness of our services.”

To find out more about the crucial work Livewell Southwest carries out, click here.  If you live in Plymouth and need urgent support, you can call the 24/7 helpline on 0800 923 9323.

For those outside of Plymouth, you can contact Samaritans by phone on 116 123, or by email.