DURING these challenging times the Queens Park Rangers’ R you Okay campaign has been a success as we have helped battle the mental health issues the nation has been facing during the pandemic.
Way back in March, we asked you if you needed help and many of you have been in contact.
In what is an unprecedented time for us all. With understandable anxiety combined with potential fears over health, employment and other life matters, our mental health can be compromised and we know that communication is more important than ever.
As a result, QPR’s safeguarding officers have been ready and available to talk, particularly with those who are vulnerable / high risk, throughout the pandemic.
While they are not counsellors they have been happy to chat and/or signpost people to the appropriate support services and local groups where they can access the necessary help.
We sat down and spoke to a few of our participants who have benefited from the R you Okay campaign.
Cynthia from our Extra time club told www.qpr.co.uk: “The virus has caused me stress, but I have the comfort to know every week I receive a call to see if I am coping, I am grateful for that. “
Another recipient said “As a wheelchair user, but with no underlying health conditions, I am not in the vulnerable category.
“However perhaps surprisingly I have not been contacted by my GP Surgery or GP, the only organisation that have contacted me to make sure I am okay is QPR. That has been very much appreciated and makes me even prouder to be an R’s fan.”
Michael in the Sierra Leone QPR fan club also commented on the campaign, by telling www.qpr.co.uk: I have really appreciated the calls, I am miles away from home and don’t know when I can return, so this contact from my club has been vital.”
Our safeguarding officers have been able to help numerous people whether it’s just been a simple check on their welfare, or helping them to get access to food and laundry facilities.
In addition to this, Academy directory Chris Ramsey has also been keen to help out, with Ramsey giving some of our Extra time group regular calls.
However it doesn't stop there, we want to continue providing you with any support you may need, so don’t hesitate to contact us in the following ways, leaving your name and contact number:
Email: [email protected]
Call: 07483 006924
Alternatively, you can contact Childline:
Call: 0800 1111