Since the launch of our partnership with the English Football League (EFL), our ‘squiggle’ has appeared on the back of every EFL shirt across all Clubs in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and League Two, in a first for English football.
The new designs will continue to feature Mind’s logo with the number and the ‘squiggle’ will remain joined into the first letter of the player name – with the player’s name replacing the word Mind.
To celebrate the launch, we are asking fans to share their stories of their chosen names and numbers they wear on a matchday via social media.
Nathan is a 29-year-old father, ex-soldier, mechanical engineer and Rochdale fan from Greater Manchester. In January 2019 he was feeling down, depressed and unhappy with his weight and this was compounded by the loss of two close family members in the space of a year.
He turned to running as an escape and started to see the positive effects that running had on his mental health and the joy it could bring him. A few marathons later and starting to believe in himself, Nathan wondered what else he could achieve. So combining two things he loves, running and football, he began planning a challenge to run to 92 grounds in the EFL and Premier League - the equivalent of 95 marathons.
His goal is to use his challenge to raise money for Mind and to also convey a message that running or any physical exercise can help to manage mental health problems. He is keen to raise awareness of mental health and help break the stigma surrounding the topic. Although coronavirus temporarily interrupted Nathan’s plans, he got back on track in May and hopes to finish his challenge by the winter.
Mind want to say a huge thank you to Nathan for his enormous effort to raise awareness of mental health and money for Mind and as a token of our appreciation have a shirt ready for him when he finishes with the words ‘Thank You’ and the number 92 on the back to commemorate his achievement.
To donate to Mind for Nathan’s challenge go to his Virgin giving page.
Southend United supporter Robert was presented with a special shirt by the club as a thank you for speaking out about mental health.
Reading fan Jamie walked from Reading to Fulham overnight on New Years Eve, to raise awareness of mental health, a total of 37.4 miles.
After completing the 37.4-mile walk with eight other fans, Reading player John Swift met Jamie and presented him with his match day shirt, for his efforts in raising awareness of mental health in football.
Trevor, who is Stadium Manager at Plymouth Argyle, has a shirt in memory of Rhys, who took his own life.
Scott Perry was David’s oldest friend. They both grew up in Portsmouth and started going to football matches together from around the age of 14, and continued to do this even when they both moved away from the city.
Football was their escape, a chance to get away with mates and follow something they felt passionate about.
David now has a Portsmouth shirt with Scott’s name and age on the back to remember his friend.