As we announced earlier this week, the EFL and its clubs have once again come together with charity partner, Mind, to collectively mark today’s World Mental Health Day.
The Blues have been staunch supporters of Mind’s campaigns, and we are once again delighted to be able to highlight the important work being done.
Community Sports Trust manager John Halpin said: “It’s fantastic for us that our Mental Health football sessions are back up and running after the lockdown, because it’s so important to bring a sense of purpose and positivity to people who may be going through a tough time as they find ways to cope with what is an extraordinary situation.
“The good thing this week is that the session coincided with World Mental Health Day, and the Mind campaign to raise awareness about mental health issues, so that meant we were able to get a couple of lads along to say hello.
“I’d like to thank Brennan Dickenson and Omari Patrick for doing this, because the reaction from the people who attended our session was fantastic to see.
“It’s so important that the need to do things properly for people who are struggling is a message that’s hammered home, and things like this from the club go a long way to achieving that.
“The lads were brilliant and their visit was massively appreciated.”
With Mind’s latest research revealing that more than 60% of adults and over two thirds of young people (68%) felt their mental health deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, encouraging conversations around our own mental health and that of others has never been more important.
Mind’s ‘do one thing’ campaign aims to inspire people to make one small change or take one action to look after their mental health. As part of the campaign, EFL clubs will play their part and ‘do one thing’ to say thank you to someone deserving within their local communities.
This is the latest activity by the EFL and Mind, who are currently in Year Three of their groundbreaking charity partnership which aims to raise awareness of mental health amongst fans and the wider public, help raise funds for Mind to deliver life changing services and improve the approach to mental health in the EFL and clubs.
The League recently celebrated the impact of the charity partnership over the last two seasons, with the results available to view HERE.
For more information on how to get involved with ‘Do one thing’ on World Mental Health Day see mind.org.uk/wmhd
For more information on the EFL and Mind’s charity partnership click HERE.
If you need support from Mind visit Mind.org.uk for information and advice.
You can also talk to Mind via the confidential Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.