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3. Mental Health

Good mental health is vital for peak performance in sport. Mental health problems affect one in six of the population at any one time. Depression alone affects up to half of us during our lifetimes and affects every family at some stage. Despite this, many people are unaware of the symptoms of mental health problems.

Unsurprisingly, players known for physical fitness rarely talk about mental distress. Indeed many may not recognise what it is or know how to seek help for stress, anxiety or depression when it strikes.

The Sporting Chance Clinic, founded by Tony Adams, the former England captain who has written and talked about his own struggle with mental ill health and alcohol dependency - was set up to support sports men and women who experience similar problems and need professional help to overcome them.

Football is the beautiful game but it is also a tough game that makes huge demands on its players, it is important to remember that professional players are human beings not machines (Clark Carlisle).

The PFA has a 24/7/365 counselling telephone helpline service available to members.
In addition to the helpline, players past and present can access a national network of 90 fully-trained counsellors, all of whom understand the emotional roller-coaster that involvement in professional sport can entail.

The Union continues to offer support and funding to the Sporting Chance Clinic, allowing PFA members to receive residential treatment there.

The combination of these services offers current and former members a dedicated team of people and a safe and confidential environment to receive support and counselling.

The PFA Safety Net, is a place where you can get individual help and advice. It contains information regarding issues that people and players in particular, may have difficulty with from time to time.

You may be facing these same issues, register and log in to find out what some of these issues are. For confidential support, use the telephone number provided or the email facility (PFA Confidential Support) and somebody will contact you.

Visit: www.thepfa-safetynet.com
Email: wellbeing@thepfa.co.uk
Tel: 07500 000 777

Sporting Chance Clinic

The overwhelming majority of people experience greater levels of stress during key life events. Moving home, births, deaths, illness, marriage and divorce are all examples of this.
This is equally true during significant developments throughout a sporting career: being released from a club, getting dropped or injured long term, suffering relegation or a chronic loss of form that lasts from one tournament to the next, the negative press coverage linked to you or your team. These are all times when stress levels increase. As people in the 'public-eye', sportspeople are more vulnerable to attack.

Visit: www.sportingchanceclinic.com
Email: info@sportingchanceclinic.com
Tel: 0870 2200714

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Visit: www.mind.org.uk
Tel: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems

Visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Young Minds
Fighting for young people's mental health. We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges

Visit: www.youngminds.org.uk/
Tel: 0808 8025544 (parents helpline)
Text: YM to 85258 (If you need urgent help text )