At their Summer Conference in Portugal, the EFL have signed up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in a move which will ignite an exciting partnership between the two parties.
From the start of the 2018/19 season, Mind have committed to work with all 72 member clubs in a bid to raise mental health awareness and end with stigma within the sport.
The charity will work in collaboration with clubs both internally and within the community, offering a vast range of workshops and outlets for people who are affected by a variety of mental illnesses.
Speaking to the EFL website, Chief Executive Shaun Harvey stated –
Signing the Mental Health Charter is just the first step for a partnership that offers a unique opportunity to encourage the positive health and wellbeing of millions of people, including players, managers and staff working within the EFL and our 72 clubs.
As part of this work the EFL is undertaking a comprehensive review of policies and procedures to ensure that Mental Health and Wellbeing are embedded throughout the organisation and at our clubs. This will include Mental Health Action Plans and Wellness Actions Plans as well as appropriate training.
Over the close season we will be working hard with Mind, the PFA and other partners working in this space so that we can make a real positive difference to the mental health of people connected to the EFL and wider game.”
Shaun Harvey. Speaking to the EFL Website.
Mind CEO Paul Farmer added –
We’re delighted that, as part of its partnership with Mind, the EFL has signed the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. Signing the Charter, which Mind helped to set up with the Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Professional Players Federation, signifies the EFL’s commitment to using the power of football to bring about real change around mental health, from the elite level down to grass roots.
We hope that, together, the EFL and Mind can help reduce stigma and create better mental wellbeing within all 72 EFL clubs, the communities they are a vital part of, and in wider society. We will support the EFL to do this by working closely with each club, through our network of local Minds, to provide simple, practical ways of improving the wellbeing not only of the players, managers and club staff, but also everyone their Community Trusts reach.”
Paul Farmer. Speaking to the EFL Website
We fully support this initiative which is an indeed an exciting one for the entire sport.
The voices of the silent will be heard and we are genuinely excited about how this will develop at Macclesfield Town.
We will be supporting the work which is undertaken in any way we can – together we will beat the stigma and make sure those most in need receive the help that they both need and deserve.