We are the charity partner of the English Football League (the EFL). With over 21 million fans attending EFL matches each season (and 55 million watching on TV), this partnership is a brilliant opportunity for us to promote awareness and understanding of mental health amongst football fans, and to help more people living with mental health problems access the support they need.
Together with the EFL, we are using the power of football to raise awareness of mental health, improve the approach to mental health in sport and raise funds to deliver life changing national and local support.
If you've got a story to tell that involves mental health and football, we'd love to hear from you. It could be about how football helped you get on track after a difficult patch, or about a club doing really great work to support others. Whatever your story, it could make a great blog for our website.
Due to the number of submissions, we may not be able to get back to every person individually, but we'll get in touch if we want to develop your submission further. Before submitting a proposal, please take a read of our blogging guidelines.
A really exciting part of the partnership is the inclusion of our logo on all EFL club shirts. This is the first time that a charity logo has been incorporated into the player name, and we are thrilled to be part of this ground-breaking design.
Including an iconic part of our logo on shirts is just the start of achieving real change by raising awareness and understanding of mental health in football, sport and society as a whole.
Talking to someone who you trust is an important first step to getting help and support, this could be a friend, family member or professional.
Support for players: The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) provides a wide range of support to academy players and professional footballers including self-help resources, a confidential 24 hour helpline and counselling.
Support for managers: The League Managers Association (LMA) provides support to members through their health care scheme.
Through the partnership we will also be working directly with EFL football clubs and charity trusts to improve mental health support within the clubs and their wider communities.
If you are a club or trust we'd love to hear from you, please get in touch with us via [email protected]
If you'd like to find out more about our work in sport and physical activity, please visit mind.org.uk/sport