Wycombe Wanderers FC and its official charity Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are coming together with The English Football League (EFL) and its member clubs plus the leagues charity partner, Mind, to collectively mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October.
With Mind’s latest research(1) revealing that more than 60% of adults and over two thirds of young people (68%) felt their mental health deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, encouraging conversations around our own mental health and that of others has never been more important.
Mind’s ‘Do One Thing’ campaign aims to inspire people to make one small change or take one action to look after their mental health.
EFL Chief Executive, David Baldwin, said this about the EFL’s collective support of World Mental Health Day 2020:
“It is fantastic to see EFL Clubs come together to once again mark World Mental Health Day and support our charity partner, Mind.
“Looking after our mental health and that of others has always been vital but as we all feel the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, it has never been more important to continue to raise awareness and encourage conversations around the subject.
“The various activities taking place around the day is a small example of how our Clubs and their respective Club Community Organisations are at the forefront of tackling some of society’s biggest issues. They play a vital role in improving the lives of so many people within communities across the country.
“I’d encourage everyone to get involved and ‘do one thing’ this week - one small action may have a much bigger impact on those around you and help someone in need.”
As people may know, delivering mental health improvement activities is central to the work of Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust. Health Manager Sam White said:
“We have been running a mental health project called Keep Moving Forward for three years and understand the struggles and hardships people face but also the real strength and determination our members have to improving their mental health.
"We provide a safe and supportive community built around various weekly and one-off sessions to engage and empower our members. We have also recently received further funding from the National Lottery Communities Fund to provide a Covid related project called DoorSteppers, to support those affected by the lockdown and the pandemic and need that helping hand and listening ear if they are struggling with loneliness, their mental health or struggling to get outside.
“We all have mental health and now more than ever it is so important to look after it and Do One Thing, every day to boost our mood and support positive mental health”
Supporting World Mental Health Day is the latest activity by the EFL and Mind, who are currently in Year Three of their ground-breaking charity partnership which aims to raise awareness of mental health amongst fans and the wider public, help raise funds for Mind to deliver life changing services and improve the approach to mental health in the EFL and Clubs.
The EFL recently celebrated the impact of the charity partnership over the last two seasons, with the results available to view here.
For more information on how to get involved with ‘Do One Thing’ on World Mental Health Day see mind.org.uk/wmhd
If you need support from Mind visit Mind.org.uk for information and advice. You can also talk to Mind via the confidential Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.
(1) Mind polled 16,000 people aged 13 and over on the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health problems.