It's Time To Talk: Football shares experiences of depression

Wednesday 14 Oct 2015
England legend Kelly Smith features in the video

The FA supported World Mental Health Day at the weekend with the launch of a new film hearing from some of those in the game who have experienced mental health problems and how football is looking at addressing the wider problem.

It features Clarke Carlisle, Kelly Smith, Leon Mckenzie and Martin Ling and can be viewed here.

Mental health and wellbeing has been the focus for much activity in the game this week. Wembley Stadium played host to 120 stakeholders from sport and recreation at the Sports Minds conference, to share good practice around the links between sport and mental health.

The event was jointly hosted by The Football Association, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Players Federation and Mind. Former PFA chair, Clarke Carlisle, who joined proceedings, called the Mental Health Charter for Sport, 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.

She said: "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 weeks 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 Fifpros report is."

By FA Staff