Prince William urges football fans to look after their mental health
PRINCE William has urged football fans to look after their mental health.
A big-screen message from the royal played at Wembley before the Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City.
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William told supporters: “We all need to take care of our everyday mental fitness, and provide support to one another when we face setbacks, so we can be match fit for whatever lies ahead.”
The duke added: “The FA and Heads Together have joined forces to launch Heads Up, showing the world of football that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and that we all need to take care of our everyday mental fitness, and provide support to one another when we face setbacks, so we can be match fit for whatever lies ahead.”
Former England and Arsenal player Tony Adams, who founded Sporting Chance after battling alcoholism, said: “Sporting Chance will be celebrating 20 years of supporting professional sport participants with their mental health in the year ahead.
“I am delighted that we are able to be part of the Heads Up campaign, it is a wonderful initiative.
“Talking to someone and asking for help was the starting place in my own journey of recovery and today I look after my mental well-being like I look after my physical well-being.
“If we can help encourage people to talk about their mental health, I am ready to start a conversation.”
You're Not Alone: Where to seek help if you need it
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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The campaign aims to spark conversations between fans about the issue and direct those in need towards support. It is a partnership between the FA and William’s Heads Together project.
William also encouraged fans to sing their anthems — Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and City’s Blue Moon.
Both songs are about isolation and the importance of togetherness.
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