ITFC legends join Suffolk Mind’s first business mental health networking group, SuffolkForward

by Suffolk Mind Team | 02 Feb 2024
ITFC legends and Suffolk Mind at SuffolkForward Network

Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC) legends Simon Milton and Jason Dozzell joined Suffolk Mind for SuffolkForward Network‘s first ever event, encouraging discussion around mental health among businesses.

SuffolkForward Network is a professional networking club designed to share conversation and information to better support ourselves and loved ones.

The event took place on Thursday 1 February in Ipswich and focused on the importance of looking after our own mental health so we can help others – with talks from Simon and Jason.

ITFC legend Simon Milton
ITFC legend Simon Milton

Our CEO Jon Neal said: “When we’re on a flight we are told to put on our own oxygen mask first so we can help others, and the same applies with mental health.

“If we have the toolkit to support our own mental health, we will be better equipped to recognise and help when someone else is experiencing challenges.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment, and we want to be able to help as many people as we can. That’s why we’ve created the SuffolkForward Network.”

Our CEO Jon Neal
Our CEO Jon Neal

Former midfielder Jason opened up about his mental health challenges in 2019 and shared his experience at SuffolkForward. He said: “Mental health wasn’t discussed before. Nowadays it’s better, but it’s still here, especially in men.

“If you don’t reach out and occupy your time, you might find some struggles in your life. It’s very important to reach out, speak up and keep an open mind.”

Fellow midfielder, Simon, discussed the importance of looking out for each other and knowing when something isn’t right in yourself.

He said: “It’s ok not to be ok, it’s ok to talk. You’ve just got to find the right person you want to share that with, whether that’s family or a friend.

“Jason and I have been friends for years and when I could tell he was struggling, I was there to help. Now he’s in a much better place and I think everyone needs that, everyone needs to be able to share.”

Attendees were also invited to anonymously complete the charity’s Emotional Needs Audit which monitors how well people meet their 12 physical and emotional needs.

All membership revenue directly supports the mental health services provide by Suffolk Mind.

View the full gallery of pictures from this event.

Want to join SuffolkForward?

The next SuffolkForward Network event takes place on Thursday 16 May with a focus on taking care of colleagues. Find out more about joining SuffolkForward

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