Weekend fixture dedicated to mental health initiative.
Women’s football is coming together this weekend with the ambition to continue supporting the campaign to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health, as new research shows just one-in-three football fans regularly talk about mental health with their friends.
Leeds United Women will take part in the initiative entitled ‘Heads Up’ during their FA Women’s National League North fixture against Brighouse Town on Sunday 23rd February.
The match will be played at The Dual Seal Stadium in Brighouse with a 2pm kick off scheduled and will be dedicated to the campaign that has been created through a partnership between The FA and Heads Together.
Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the season-long Heads Up campaign aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health, working closely with charity partners Mind, CALM and Sporting Chance.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, said: “Imagine if we talked about mental health as much as we talk about football... Many of us won’t go a day without talking about it. And whatever team we support, every single fan, player and manager has one thing in common – we all have mental health, in the same way that we have physical health. We will all face ups and downs in life which will affect it. It’s time we start taking our mental fitness as seriously as we do our physical fitness, and that starts with talking.”
The Heads Up weekends have been supported by every team in the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League and together will help to highlight the power of talking as a way to support one another and dispel stigma around the topic that often prevents people from speaking out.