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10 December 2019

BURTON Albion first teamers Oliver Sarkic and Ben Fox have helped MIND with the charity's latest campaign to highlight issues surrounding mental health.

MIND is the current EFL charity partner and is using football to raise awareness of the mental health problems that affect one in four people.

The charity sent a film crew to the Pirelli Stadium as part of its Have Your Mate's Back campaign.

The MIND logo can be seen on the back of every EFL club's first team's shirts and the group is using the brand of football to reach supporters and let them know they are not alone with dealing with mental health problems.

The Have Your Mate's Back initiative is encouraging people to check on their friends and offer support just like football players do on the pitch.

Burton Albion's players were asked to help out with the project and Fox and Sarkic volunteered for pictures and filming to support the campaign.

Ben Fox said: "Everyone is fighting their own battles and this campaign raises awareness on such an important subject. It was great to be a part of it and hopefully the fantastic work MIND does can help those affected in a positive way."

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) staff have taken part in a number of training programmes to help educate their staff around mental health and workplace wellbeing over the past 12 months. Staff have taken part and received training delivered by Burton Mind, as well as completing mental health first aid training that will help with identifying potential signs of mental health difficulties that participants or peers may be experiencing.

As well as this, Burton Albion have also achieved the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, showing a commitment to change by working closely with Burton Mind towards the Sport and Recreational Action Plan for mental health.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Players' Federation and Mind have created the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, an area which Burton Albion is always looking to improve.

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle issues with mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

Watch the video featuring Ben Fox and Oliver Sarkic here:

THE latest event in the Inspiring Your Future series will again put the spotlight on workplace wellbeing and the benefits that it can bring to a business.

It will be taking place on Friday, January 17, at the Pirelli Stadium.

Details HERE

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