On The Sporting Couch with Gary Bloom – contact information

29 Mar

On The Sporting Couch with Gary Bloom - contact information

One in four of us will experience issues with our mental health, and sports men and women are no different.

On the Sporting Couch, hosted by sports broadcaster and psychotherapist Gary Bloom, is a ground-breaking series of programmes that addresses mental health issues in sport.

It features elite sportspeople who have been brave enough to undertake an on-air therapy session to talk candidly about their struggles.

If you have been affected by any part of the programmes, there are a number of organisations that could help you. They include…

Mental Health Foundation
020 7803 1101
Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.

Together
020 7780 7300
Supports people through mental health services.

Time to Change (http://www.time-to-change.org.uk)

Depression Alliance
0845 123 2320
Provides information and support to those who are affected by depression via publications, supporter services and a network of self-help groups.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
01455 883300
Through the BACP you can find out more about counselling services in your area.

PANDAS Foundation
0843 28 98 401 (every day from 9am-8pm)
PANDAS Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. We campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line, Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.

Citizens Advice
Gives free confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems.
Support for children and young people

Young Minds
020 7336 8445
Provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.

Childline
0800 1111
Free, national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.

Nightline
Listening, support and information service run by students for students.
Other places you could go for support

Age Concern
0800 009966
Infoline on issues relating to older people.

Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
020 7837 7324
Provides information, support and referral services.

Refugee Council
020 7346 6700
The UK’s largest organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Relate
0300 100 1234
Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.

Counselling Directory
A free, confidential directory of trained, professional counsellors and therapists in the UK.

Teacher Support Network
08000 562 561
A 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year. The network also campaigns for change within schools and education policy in order to improve the wellbeing, mental and physical health of teachers.

Anxiety UK
08444 775 774
Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.

Samaritans is also there to listen, so if you’re finding life tough then call 24/7 free on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org.

Jose Mourinho showing signs of ‘anxiety, stress and… over-arousal’ – Sports psychotherapist on Manchester United manager’s body language

28 Nov

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shown signs of ‘anxiety, stress and over-arousal’ with his recent behaviour on the touchline, according to leading sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom.

Bloom – the presenter of talkSPORT’s On the Sporting Couch series – believes the coach is ‘losing the plot’ as he struggles to cope with the pressure of the Red Devils’ turbulent start to the season.

United booked their place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night with a late victory over Young Boys at Old Trafford.

But Mourinho stole the headlines with his over-the-top celebration of Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winning goal – kicking one bottle carrier full of energy drinks over and picking up another before smashing it to the ground.

Mourinho celebrated by hurling a water bottle carrier to the floor

Bloom studied the manager’s behaviour throughout the game.

And asked what he saw in Mourinho’s body language, he told talkSPORT 2: “Anxiety, stress and something we call in sports psychology ‘over-arousal’.

“It means you’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit.

“When we try to measure the ideal performance for a footballer, or any sports person, we often measure under-arousal and over-arousal at points where performances don’t go particularly well.

“Essentially, you’ve lost the concept of what you’re trying to achieve and you’ve got carried away with the moment.

Mourinho kicked off when Fellaini scored an injury-time winner for United

“I think that was really evident in watching him last night.

“What you’re looking at there is pure and utter stress, and relief at just getting the victory and relief of getting the anxiety over and done with.”


MORE: Mourinho sends message to his ‘lovers’ as Man United progress in Europe


Manchester United have suffered a severe drop in performance levels in recent weeks and Bloom says it’s likely Mourinho’s conduct is having a negative effect on the team on the pitch.

“I’ve worked with football clubs and I often say to the coaching staff: ‘Your behaviour will influence the player. If you’re screaming and shouting, what happens to them?’

United have put in a string of sub-par displays both domestically and in Europe

“The good thing is it [Mourinho’s celebration] happened so late in the game. If you’re going to display that level of passion and excitement it’s not something you want the players to see during the game as I think it might have put them off.

“The collective psychology of the team is directly related to the behaviour of the coaching staff, not just the manager but the other first-team coaches as well.

“Great football teams who are working really well together, the message from the coaches to the players has to be there is a measure of control in our emotional engagement in what’s going on.”

Listen back to Gary Bloom’s verdict on Jose Mourinho’s behaviour IN FULL above

On the Sporting Coach with Gary Bloom is back on talkSPORT from 8pm this Sunday evening

Sam Allardyce opens up on England exit and says grandchildren were abused after Daily Telegraph’s undercover investigation

4 Nov

Sam Allardyce has revealed his grandchildren were abused in the wake of his departure from the England job after just 67 days.

Allardyce, 64, was named England manager after Euro 2016 to succeed Roy Hodgson, but left by mutual consent on September 27, 2016.

Sam Allardyce’s England dream turned into a nightmare
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His departure came following a Telegraph investigation that claimed Allardyce offered advice ‘on how to get around FA rules on player transfers’. He is also alleged to have used his position to negotiate a £400,000 fee to represent a Far East firm that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers.

Allardyce remained out of work for the next couple of months before taking the Crystal Palace job. He resigned from that role at the end of the 2016/17 season, saying he would not seek another job in what appeared to be a retirement announcement, though Everton hired Allardyce last November for the remainder of 2017/18.

Allardyce left England days after the Telegraph published their investigation

The former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager is now without a club, and he joined talkSPORT for the latest episode of ‘On the Sporting Couch‘, hosted by sports broadcaster and psychotherapist Gary Bloom.

Opening up on the Telegraph investigation and his departure from England, Allardyce admits just how hard he found life in the months following his exit – even revealing that his grandchildren were abused due to the public labelling of him as ‘corrupt’.

“It was very depressing for three or four months,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.

“I kept out of the public eye for a long time and my wife and family kept me sane, because they’re the most important thing.

“That’s what we do as a family, we always stick together.

“They said to me, ‘look, it happened, we’ve got to move on now. It’s rotten what they’ve done but we’ve got to try and deal with it’.

“I worry about them and the stick they get, not so much my daughter and my son, but their kids.

“You know how cruel school is… ‘oh your granddad’s corrupt’.

Allardyce is the first guest of the second series of ‘On the Sporting Couch’
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“The Telegraph said they never accused me of being corrupt, but they actually put the word right next to my picture.

“All of that stuff that came out was massively over exaggerated.”

On the Sporting Couch starts on Sunday, November 4 at 8pm on talkSPORT with Sam Allardyce, with a podcast of each episode available on Acast.

Sam Allardyce EXCLUSIVE: Former England manager reveals ambitions to move into director of football or chairman role

2 Nov

Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he would ‘love’ to take the step up and become director of football or even chairman of a club.

The former England manager was speaking to sports broadcaster and psychotherapist Gary Bloom on the latest episode of talkSPORT’s ‘On the Sporting Couch’ – the second series begins on Sunday November 4 at 8pm.

Big Sam has been without a job since being ‘dumped’ by Everton in May, despite guiding the Toffees to eighth place in the Premier League last season.

The 64-year-old has been linked with a number of jobs in recent months, including Aston Villa and at Norwich City.

Big Sam believes he has all the right credentials to be chairman of a football club

But the ex-Bolton, West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager has revealed he now would now like to move up from the dugout to the boardroom.

“I’d love to be either a director of football or a chairman at a football club, if it’s at all possible,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.

“Whether that’s at the most financially best-off clubs, so we can buy the best players in whatever league that is, or whether it’s about building slowly.

“I do think I’ve got the experience and the understanding of how to pull it all together and be successful.”

On the Sporting Couch starts on Sunday 4th November on talkSPORT with Sam Allardyce, with a podcast of each episode available on Acast.