Academy support #AskMeWhy campaign

Academy support #AskMeWhy campaign

Under-18s help to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day.

As part of World Suicide Prevention Day the Leeds United Academy have been supporting the ‘Inside Out’ campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the importance of talking to each other by bringing what is on the inside, out.

The initiative encourages supporters to turn an item of clothing inside out and share photos using #AskMeWhy to spark conversation around the topic of suicide and encourage people to ask questions.

To do their bit and help raise awareness on the important subject that so many people struggle to discuss, the entire Under-18s squad wore their kits inside out as they took part in their daily training session at Thorp Arch.

Inside Out is now in its fourth year and was created by the If U Care Share Foundation, an organisation set-up by Shirley Smith who sadly lost her son, Daniel, to suicide. The mission is to prevent anyone feeling the pain their family felt when they lost Daniel as they believe that just by talking you can literally save a life.

The Leeds United Academy have been working with the If U Care Share Foundation for the past five years and once again they will be holding workshops during the 2019/20 season as part of the partnership, speaking to the Under-9s right through to the Under-23s.

World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and it takes place on 10th September every year. The annual event aims to raise awareness around the subject and provides a worldwide commitment to ensuring people are aware that suicides can be prevented.

To find out more about the If U Care Share Foundation and the work they do, please click here.