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Football and how the game handles mental health – Football Weekly special | Football

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After the tragic death of the former Manchester City youth player Jeremy Wisten last month, the panel discuss the way football addresses mental health.

Marvin, formerly of Bolton Wanderers and England Under-21s, among others, explains how depression followed him throughout his professional career and was a key factor in his retirement at 28.

Alex, who works with Premier League and EFL academies educating young players about their mental and emotional health, explains how this has changed in recent years and the attitudes towards mental health education he encounters within clubs.

And Archie, who has spoken openly in the past about his own struggle with depression and anxiety, explains the steps he now takes to protect his mental health, and how he thinks friends and family can best help people suffering from depression.

If you are concerned about any of the issues raised, or feel the need to talk to someone about them, there are a great many resources available. One of them is the Mind campaign, which we mention in the podcast and who you can call on 0300 123 3393 or visit mind.org.uk. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can also be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. And if you feel you need to talk to someone, please do.

Aston Villa v Manchester City - Carabao Cup - Final - Wembley Stadium<br>A young supporter writes a message on a board in the shape of an Aston Villa top as part of the Mind mental health campaign prior to the beginning of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 1, 2020. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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