How we can help you away from the pitch

Our support services

At Headstrong CFC we fully appreciate the benefits that physical exercise has on our mental health. However, sometimes we understand that our players need more than that. That's why at Headstrong CFC we are incredibly grateful to have our fantastic sponsors in ACAYA. They have provided a service to provide our players, coaches, and even those who have yet to join us the opportunity to come and talk in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment via their peer led support group and one to one support sessions.


We are not a crisis support team, If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, you should get immediate expert advice and assessment.

Click the link below for helpful contact crisis helplines and advice services.


Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, we have taken the decision to suspend our Peer Led Sopport group for the time being. If you still need support we can still offer 1-1 support remotely, alternatively please follow the link above to find alternate services that may be able to help. Apologies for the inconvenience.


Peer Led Support

What is peer support? Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. In this context, we are talking about experiences of mental health difficulties, trauma, or other forms of social or emotional distress.

However, people involved in peer support will also have other shared characteristics, experiences, and interests. Peer support differs from other forms of mental health services and support in important ways.

Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other. In this space, people can use their shared experiences to give and receive support from each other.

Peers make choices about what parts of their personal experiences they talk about, seek support for, and use to support other people. . It is through the development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works.

People can feel less alone if they talk about their experiences and share coping strategies that work for them. By doing this, peers can help each other learn about how best to manage feelings and experiences that are difficult.

If you feel peer-led support may be able to help you then you can either get in touch using our contact page or alternatively just attend the session which is held every Monday between 6:30-7:30 pm. Benchmark 25 Ribbleton St, Preston PR1 5BA. Park within Landmark car park and walk around to the back entry (near the garage) and press the buzzer for entry into Benchmark

One to One support 

Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable attending a group session, we can also arrange for you to have a one-to-one support session with one of our on site support workers. Both female and male counsellors are available (both are in the final stages of their professional qualifications, but possess several years of experience in providing low-level psychological support and advice).