We all have mental health and we need to look after it as, just as we would our physical health. Yet every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. That's hundreds of football players, and thousands of football fans. That's why we've joined forces with the English Football League (EFL), to raise awareness of mental health, to improve the approach to mental health in football, and to raise funds to deliver life changing support.
We're Mind, and we're on your side.
Like football, life has its ups and downs. That's why we're working with the EFL for better mental health. Because whoever you support, we support you.
A really exciting part of our partnership with the EFL 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.
Since the launch of the partnership, our ‘squiggle’ has appeared on the back of every EFL shirt across all Clubs in the Championship, 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.
We're going to be working in partnership with local Minds to deliver bucket collections and visual activations at lots of EFL club matches this year and next. We're also really excited to have a big visual presense at the 5 EFL Wembley finals which take place each season. If you're interested in finding out more or volunteering for one of our match days, please visit our football volunteers page.
Our On Your Side pin badges are available in your club's colours, and all money raised from your badge purchase will help fund our life changing services.
Whoever you support, we support you.
With 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health problem each year, and suicide being the leading cause of death for men under 45, we all know someone who needs support. If you're worried about the mental health of a mate, read through our tips on how to start a conversation.
Lewis blogs about how visiting different football stadiums is helping him conquer his fears, and how the presence of the squiggle on the back football shirts through Mind's partnership with the EFL is making mental health a more visible issue.
"I can let out my emotions for 90 minutes and leave any worries outside the ground."
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.
Text FOOTBALL to 70660 to donate £3 to Mind, and us help make that ure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
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.
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