As you may know, at MUNDIAL we’ve always tried to support mental health charities as much as possible. It’s something that is incredibly important to us. And with mental health coming to the forefront of the conversation in society, football has started to follow suit. With Danny Rose bravely opening up about his depression earlier this summer, and The Football League joining forces with Mind this season to help improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, we’re beginning to see a change in the general psyche of football fans in the UK.
Now Everton and Everton in the Community have launched a mental health-led campaign to fund ‘The People’s Place’, which will be a permanent facility built under Goodison Park. The campaign will see Everton working alongside national mental health charity Chasing the Stigma at a time when the number of people seeking support for mental health related issues is at an all-time high. The charities will work together to promote positive mental health and ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding it.
‘The People’s Place’ will provide an overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or location to promote positive mental health and support relating to suicide awareness and prevention. The range of the mental health services available will offer clear pathways into Everton in the Community’s programmes and external support, all tailored to the individual.
Everton CEO, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said: “Everton in the Community’s award-winning mental health provision is regularly recognised on an international and national stage, yet we recognise the major need in our community, and beyond, to further develop, enhance and evolve our current provision.
“Mental illnesses, unlike physical injuries, are invisible to everyone but to those experiencing them. Their reality is no different and no less painful. Many people suffer in silence, unaware that helpful and supportive treatments are available. Our new facility will work to encourage people to talk more freely and will operate an open-door policy for anyone needing to talk.”