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14 January 2021



14 January 2021

SATURDAY is Burton Albion’s official Mind fixture with the club and community trust promoting the work of the EFL’s charity partner.

The Brewers take on Ipswich in Sky Bet League One and the players will warm up in Mind t-shirts and there will be messages from Mind in the digital programme and on our social media channels.

In addition, next week sees the launch of Burton Albion’s new Team Talk virtual meetings.

The EFL and its 72 clubs have launched ‘Team Talk’, in an effort to urge supporters to talk and stay connected and keep the conversation around mental health going.

It’s not just footballers who need a Team Talk – we all need to have a positive chat especially with the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whether it’s to discuss everything football and Burton Albion related or simply to just grab a cuppa and listen in to the conversation you can stay connected to Burton Albion and your team, with Team Talk sessions.

These will take place via Zoom on Mondays at 6pm-7pm and Fridays at 9.30am-10.30am starting from January 18.

To take part in any of the sessions please email Scott Taylor:

You will then be sent a link to the meeting and a Passcode to enter it.

New research into men’s mental health suggests that, while some progress has been made, men feel worried or low more regularly than ten years ago and are consequently twice as likely to feel suicidal.

The findings are part of ‘Get It Off Your Chest: Men’s mental health 10 years on’ – a report commissioned by Mind as part of its charity partnership with the League. The report compares new polling data from YouGov with results from 2009 to understand how the challenges facing men’s mental health have changed over the past 10 years.

Results show that one of the top alternatives to medication includes social activity, which during the pandemic has been difficult for many people, especially football supporters with matches being behind closed doors.

To help keep supporters connected to their clubs, Team Talk sessions will informally bring fans together to talk about football – helping them stay connected during what can be a difficult time of year for many.

The sessions build on the excellent community work of clubs throughout the pandemic which has included befriending phone calls, online social groups, a pen-pal scheme, social action from young people taking part in NCS and socially distanced ‘garden gate’ conversations across EFL communities to reach the people who require this vital support right when they need it the most.

Rick Parry, EFL Chair, said: “This year has been incredibly challenging for so many people, and we know football supporters have missed the camaraderie and sense of community that attending a live football match brings.

“EFL clubs are the cornerstone of their communities and through the network of 72 Clubs, the EFL is in a unique position to reach millions of football fans who may be suffering in silence with their mental health. The Team Talk campaign builds on the excellent work of clubs during the pandemic in helping some of the most vulnerable in society at such a critical time.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “It’s really positive that men are more likely to seek help from the NHS and talk to friends and family about their mental health than they were 10 years ago. As a society, we have become more open about mental health in the last decade as campaigns such as Mind’s partnership with the English Football League (EFL) have helped to shift stigmatising attitudes and behaviours, and this may be beginning to filter through.

“Men still tell us that they are not always getting the help they need for their mental health. Sometimes they don’t know where to go for help or what’s on offer might not be suitable for them. Our survey suggests that a wider range of options might be needed, such as physical activity and social activities, alongside access to talking therapies and medication. Ultimately, men are still three times as likely to take their own life their own life as women, so there is much more to do to ensure men can ask for help and can get the right support when they need it.”

Key report findings:

Two in five men (43 per cent) admit to regularly feeling worried or low, an increase from 37 per cent in 2009

The number of men who have suicidal thoughts when feeling worried or low has doubled to 10 per cent since 2009

Men are now almost three times more likely to see a therapist when worried or low than in 2009

Men are now equally as willing as women to see their GP if they feel worried or low, a large increase since 2009

Men’s preferred alternatives to being prescribed medication are face-to-face therapy and physical activity

Men are still more likely than women to drink alone, go to the pub with friends, or take recreational drugs to relax when feeling worried or down

Over a third of men (37 per cent) say social media has a negative impact on how they feel

The number of men who are worried about their appearance has risen from 18 per cent in 2009 to 23 per cent

The number of men who say that nothing would put them off finding help if they were feeling low has decreased by almost a fifth since 2009

Men would be more likely to seek support if they felt worried or low if it was made available online, if they were guaranteed anonymity, or if help was made available at more convenient times of day


The full report can be found here:

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