Mind responds to a statement released today by Everton Football Club that player Aaron Lennon is receiving support for a ‘stress-related illness’.
Paul Famer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:
“We hope that Aaron is getting the help and support he needs and wish him all the best. It’s important that he is given space at this time and that he is treated with dignity and respect.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental health can impact people from all walks of life. It does not discriminate based on bank balance or profession.
We have seen a tremendous response from the footballing community and fans on social media, an encouraging sign that people are coming together to tackle mental health stigma.
We are very grateful to former professional footballer Andy Johnson who has started a fundraising campaign for Mind this afternoon and to everybody who has generously donated. The money will help Mind to continue its work providing vital support to people with mental health problems.”