The FA supports Saturday's World Mental Health Day

Saturday 10 Oct 2015
The FA have supported the World Mental Health Day

The FA supports World Mental Health day on Saturday 10 October 2015, with the issue of mental health and well-being having been the focus for much activity in the game this week. 

Wembley Stadium played host to 120 stakeholders from sport and recreation at the 'Sport Minds' conference, to share good practice around the links between sport and mental health. 

The event was jointly hosted by The FA in partnership with Mind, the Professional Players Federation and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. 

And former PFA Chair Clarke Carlisle was present throughout, calling the Mental Health Charter for Sport which was launched earlier this year, an 'excellent foundation step.'

On a European level, the World Players Union, FIFPro, launched its largest ever mental health in professional football study, with more than 800 active and retired players surveyed. 

Funke Awoderu who leads on this work as Equalities Manager at The FA, gave it her backing: "We welcome this report from Fifpro, which helps maintain the debate on mental health and further educate us about the importance of people knowing that it is okay to speak out on the matter, that support is there and where and how to access it.

"Our hosting of this week's Sports Minds conference, a pan-sport gathering to discuss how not just football, but a range of sports, can help with the mental health agenda, shows just how timely Fifpro's report is."

This weekend, sporting organisations all over the world will be marking World Mental Health day. One example is League Two's Exeter City, who have nominated their fixture against Stevenage as a special 'Lace Your Boots for Mental Health' game.

A series of initiatives will take place, including the club signing up to the Charter at half time and pledging their support to to local mental health charities, Time to Change and Mind.

By FA Staff