Wycombe Wanderers stage special match to highlight mental health stigma

Around 5,500 football fans showed their support for Time to Change Buckinghamshire at a League 1 football match between Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 9 April at Adams Park.

The football club and its Sports Education Trust (SET) joined forces with Time to Change Buckinghamshire to encourage fans to talk about mental health, to know how to spot the signs in a relative, friend or colleague and how to start a conversation with someone.

Wycombe Wanderers players got involved and, through videos, shared their experiences of mental health problems, reaching out to fans and showing them that even their football heroes can find it hard sometimes.

The videos can be seen on the Time to Change Buckinghamshire website  

At half-time, the club invited supporters to turn on the flashlight on their mobile phones to create a visual display of pledges to changing the way they think, talk and act around the topic of mental health, and to ensure they’re in their mate’s corner in times of need.

And the Sports & Education Trust also signed their Time to Change Employer Pledge just before kick-off.

Time to Change Buckinghamshire is a growing social movement working alongside the established national campaign aiming to change attitudes towards mental health through working with local communities, workplaces and schools.

Find out more about it and how you can get involved at www.timetochangebucks.org

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