Dele and Son back mental health campaign
Fri 03 January 2020, 08:10|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele and Heung-Min Son feature in a one-minute video that will be played at stadiums up and down the country ahead of kick-off during FA Cup third round weekend.
The FA have partnered with Heads Together to launch ‘Heads Up’ – a campaign that will use the popularity and reach of football to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health.
The kick-off of all Emirates FA Cup third round matches (excluding replays) will be delayed by one minute from traditional kick-off times this weekend – with Sunday’s clash against Middlesbrough at the Riverside beginning at 2.01pm.
Every Mind Matters and The FA have produced a 60-second film to be played during the minute. The film features football talent from across the country, including Dele and Son, championing the importance of taking simple steps to manage mental health, with the objective of reaching football fans in stadiums and through television broadcasts.
Dele said: “It's important to me to be a part of this campaign because I feel a lot of people like to try and deal with their problems by themselves and can feel like they sometimes haven't got people they can talk to, or that there’s nothing they can do about it. There are so many people struggling with their mental health, so I want to help people understand that they don’t have to deal with it alone. There are a lot of people out there that can help and there are steps you can take to make sure your mental wellbeing is the best it can be.”
It is hoped that the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing.
As part of the initiative, Heads Up is partnering with Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters across the Emirates FA Cup third round. The partnership will signpost fans to the free, online Every Mind Matters resources and ‘Your Mind Plan’ tool, where you can create a personal mental health action plan.