Inside Matters: How music helps Wolves players' mental health

15 May 2023
Reepa, Toti Inside Matters

Wolves defender Toti meets musician Reepa to discuss mental health and the role music can play

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All Premier League fixtures from 6 to 15 May have been dedicated to the #InsideMatters campaign, which reinforces the League and clubs' commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of players, fans and those in communities.

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As a Premier League footballer, Toti understands the pressure faced by professional players to perform at the top level, and the toll it can take on their mental health.

The Wolves defender opened up on the issue to grime and rap artist Reepa about how he uses music to have a positive impact on all aspects of his life.

“It is so important [to talk]," said Toti. "I have examples, not with myself, but with some players I know and with a friend who is not playing football right now.

"Football is up and down, it’s not easy. Sometimes you are very alone and lonely. You speak with a close friend but you never know what someone is going through in their head.

"You can have music for any type of moment in life; bad moment, good moment, happy. I listen to it a lot."

Support available

As part of the #InsideMatters campaign, the Premier League has collaborated with Shout, a free, confidential 24/7 text support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope. The service was launched in 2019 and has since helped hundreds of thousands of people.

The Premier League and Shout have collaborated to offer support to Premier League fans in the UK. Anyone experiencing anxiety can text the word "TeamTalk" to 85258 to be connected with around-the-clock support from trained volunteers, supervised and supported in real time by an expert clinical team.

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