Published: Mon, January 06, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Big names champion mental health ahead of FA Cup third-round weekend

Big names champion mental health ahead of FA Cup third-round weekend

During the delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact one minute can have on their own well-being or in supporting a friend or family member.

Every FA Cup third-round match, including BT Sport's four live games on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January, will kick-off one minute late.

Kickoff times will be delayed by 60 seconds show the film, which will also be broadcast on TV and online.

The Heads Together campaign was launched by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex in 2016.

Prince William, Football Association president, has narrated a short film that will be played prior to kick-off at all 32 stadiums, and to fans watching on television.

William says within the clip: "In life as in soccer all of us undergo highs and lows".

Most of us experience some sort of mental health difficulty during our lives and we know that men in particular struggle with acknowledging and acting on any problems.

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Prince William said: "Heads Up will use one of the most powerful, unifying forces in our society - football - to spread the message that we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health". National Basketball Association stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan have helped lead the conversation, while the NFL announced its own mental health initiative last spring.

Heads Up activities are running throughout the 2019-20 season, across all levels of the game in England, and the FA Cup final will be dedicated to the campaign in May.

A government survey revealed that out of 78 per cent of men who experienced early signs of mental health concerns in the past year 45 per cent said they'd never taken self-care actions to manage their mental health.

The idea behind the campaign is to inform about some of the simple self-care techniques that anyone can undertake to improve their mental health.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said the new film was "a fantastic opportunity to bring the football community together" for a conversation about mental health. I think as men, sometimes we can think that it's a weakness but it certainly isn't.

The significance of this motion is to draw attention to the "Take A Minute" movement, which encourages football fans to examine their own personal mental health. "It's a huge strength". I believe an enormous factor now's the good campaigns which can be happening encouraging individuals to talk overtly about taking care of your psychological well being and never really feel unhealthy about how you're feeling inside.

The site says while British people "won't go a day without talking about" soccer, many find talking about mental health - be it their own, or someone else's - very hard.

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