Mental Health Update

Grassroots Teams Share Infographic Highlighting Mental Health Support

Mental Health Providers Promoted by Essex Clubs on Social Media

A personalised infographic is available to download from our website, seeking to raise awareness throughout local football of the mental health and wellbeing services available, both online and offline.

Grassroots football teams, leagues and associations in Essex are adding their own twist to the ‘Mental Health Awareness in Football’ graphic and sharing it across social media platforms, featuring contact details for organisations providing crucial support, such as the Samaritans and Mind.

The PDF Document, which is available in 'Related Documents' below, provides clubs with the opportunity to add their name and pledge to join us in creating an awareness around how sport can play a huge role in tackling stigma and its effects by:

* tackling barriers between people with and without mental health problems
* creating social integrations and boosting self-confidence
* tackling physical health inequalities

An existing FA guide has also been introduced in collaboration with Mind and a mental health advisory group. The 36-page publication plays a pivotal role as part of The FA and Heads Together’s ‘Heads Up’ campaign, which enables the influence and popularity of football to drive the biggest ever conversation on mental health.

Information and advice on mental health and wellbeing have been created to guide coaches and managers, ensuring signs of problems are spotted early on, predominantly amongst male players. It gives them the self-confidence to assist, as well as signposts to dedicated help where necessary, including Heads Up’s charity partners and a 24/7 text support service.

Please download the ‘Mental Health Infographic’ below and add your club’s name. Then post it on Twitter/X (tagging @EssexCountyFA) and on other social media. For more details on Heads Up, and to download the FA guide, visit The FA's website and the Heads Together website.

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