England international backs Mind’s Giving in Memory scheme
Posted Friday 10 June 2011
Manchester City and England winger Adam Johnson has given his backing to mental health charity Mind’s Giving in Memory scheme, having lost his best friend to suicide last year.
Adam, who was part of this season’s FA Cup-winning Manchester City side, had known fellow footballer Dale Roberts since he was 11 years old. Both were members of the Middlesbrough youth team and Dale went on to become the Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper until he tragically took his own life in December 2010.
Mental health problems affect all of us in different ways. I lost my best friend Dale because he found life too hard.
If you have lost someone through mental distress, Mind can provide help and support to you, your family and friends.
Mind can also support you by creating a lasting memory of your loved one's life through a tribute fund.
Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer said:
The time following a bereavement is often devastating and hugely distressing.
Mind provides support during this period that can help people to manage their grief.
Coming together with friends and family to fundraise in someone’s memory can really help, providing a lasting memory and helping us to continue to support anyone who is experiencing mental distress.
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