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Mental Health

Encouraging positive mental health

22 Mar 2020
Heads Up February 2020

The Premier League is committed to promoting mental wellbeing throughout clubs and communities.

In 2020, the Premier League joined other football organisations in signing the Mentally Healthy Football Declaration, committing to making mental health a key priority at all levels of the game.

Ongoing work by the League to promote positive mental health includes support for players, fans and communities.

Dedicated mental health sessions each season and the implementation of mental health and emotional wellbeing plans in club Academies have become part of Premier League rules.

So has the requirement for a dedicated member of staff to be appointed to support club mental health needs and champion relevant initiatives at Board level.

Every leading (Category 1) Academy is now required to have a full-time player care lead dedicated to support players’ mental health, while the League works closely with partners, including the NSPCC, to support clubs and their community organisations to provide regular sessions to staff on topics such as online safety, children's mental health and anti-bullying.

This activity forms part of the League-wide Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standard (PLEDIS), which requires clubs to demonstrate effective leadership and accountability across mental health and wellbeing both for those within clubs and their communities.

Premier League community programmes support this action too. Premier League Primary Stars education resources are available for free to all primary school teachers across England and Wales.

These include activity packs linked to wellbeing and physical activity to support positive mental health.

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