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Clubs supporting communities on World Mental Health Day

10 Oct 2020
World Mental Health Day: Newcastle and Sunderland join forces

See how clubs, players and staff are reaching out to help people with their mental wellbeing

All Premier League clubs are working in their local communities, helping people with their mental wellbeing.

No-one should ever have to suffer alone and that is why clubs and players are on hand to offer their support and make a difference.

Here we take a look at a few of those stories to mark World Mental Health Day.

Newcastle United

While they may be rivals on the pitch, Newcastle and Sunderland fans are uniting off it for a special message on World Mental Health Day.

Brought together by Newcastle United Foundation and Sunderland's Foundation of Light, Geordies and Mackems alike are being encouraged to start potentially life-saving conversations with family and friends or to take their own steps to sharing their mental wellbeing with others.

The video is part of the Be A Game Changer campaign.

 See: Newcastle and Sunderland supporters put rivalry aside


Staff working at Burnley FC in the Community have opened up about their own experiences of mental health in the hope that it will reduce the stigma for others living in Burnley and beyond.

See: BFCitC staff open up on World Mental Health Day

Sheffield United

Sheffield United players David McGoldrick, Leandra Little and Angelo Capello have revealed what they do to cheer themselves up and what makes them happy as part of a partnership with Premier League Primary Stars.

The video was compiled with the aim of creating a talking point for the children to speak about their feelings.

"This years' circumstances have highlighted the importance of doing something positive to raise awareness of mental health especially in young people and children," said Sheff Utd equality, diversity and inclusion manager Liz McGrael. 

See: Players speak about mental health to PL Primary Stars children


As the coronavirus pandemic forced the nation into isolation, many people were cut off from being able to see family and friends.

For Marguerite Lewis, learning how to use Zoom allowed her to keep contact and tell loved ones how she was coping.

Watch: Marguerite's story

Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden have revealed how talking with people they trusted helped them during their struggles.

"When it comes to mental health, I've learnt that talking about difficult stuff or problems, issues, makes me personally always feel released afterwards. I feel lighter," Gundogan said.

See: Gundogan and Foden discuss importance of talking 

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year. If you or someone you know are having thoughts and feelings that are making day-to-day life difficult, it’s always OK to ask for help.

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