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James Crawley

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Posted Wednesday, October 10th 2018

City supports World Mental Health Day

Bristol City is proud to support World Mental Health Day.

The EFL partnered with Mind for the start of the 2018/19 season, as football looks to tackle awareness of mental health.

Throughout the current campaign, the players of all 72 EFL clubs from the Sky Bet Championship through to League Two are wearing the Mind logo on the back of their matchday shirts, the first time that player names have incorporated a charity logo.

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

Debbie Jevans, Interim chairwoman of the EFL said: “Every day throughout the year the EFL, through its 72 Clubs and their support staff ensure players improve and maintain their physical health.

"The focus on mental health should be no different and every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. With one in four EFL supporters using train travel to attend matches, we chose Kings Cross Station to highlight the need to raise awareness of the challenges around mental health and the work the EFL and its charity partner, Mind will be doing to offer help and support those in need.”

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said: “We all have mental health just as we have physical health and both are equally important to look after. Whether you’re a star striker or season ticket holder you shouldn’t have to live in fear about opening up and getting support for either your physical or mental health.

"We’re delighted to have joined with the EFL to create the On Your Side charity Partnership to make sure that no one has to tackle a mental health problem alone. Today, on World Mental Health Day, and all days, Mind and the EFL are On Your Side."

Since launching their strategy in 2012, Mind have seen some significant changes in mental health. In just six years, public attitudes are improving, support is growing, and mental health is high on the political agenda.

Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to their information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales. They are building on change, but they know there is much more to do.

Bristol City Football Club are encouraging all supporters to donate what they can to the charity to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Donate £3 by texting FOOTBALL to 70660. That money could go towards saving a life.

To find your nearest Mind charity, please visit: mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/