This Saturday Chesterfield FC will be hosting their Mental Health Awareness Day for the Leyton Orient match, promoting the NHS's Time to Talk Day.
Time to Talk Day is a campaign promoted by national organisation Time to Change, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
The aim of the the day is for everyone to spend five minutes talking about mental health, whether it be a problem that they have experienced, mental health in general or even a high profile case in the media.
It is hoped that if we all start to discuss mental health openly and honestly it will help reduce the stigma that currently surrounds all things mental health.
Statistics show that one in four people will be affected by a mental health issue in any given year. Yet with such a prevalent problem why do so few people open up and talk about it?
Recently we’ve seen a high profile footballing case in the media as Clarke Carlisle, former professional footballer and Ritchie Humphreys’ predecessor as chairman of the PFA, was candid about his struggles with depression.
Two years ago Carlisle filmed a moving documentary about his mental health issues and recently he revealed that his accident when he was hit by a lorry was in fact a suicide attempt.
With high profile figures such as Carlisle being honest about their situation it will hopefully help others talk about their mental health.
Chesterfield FC and the Community Trust are official partners of Time to Change and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - the local health care agency for people with mental health problems. We have a great project that aims to support people with poor mental health and help them become more active.
To find out more about the club's work with mental health, contact the Community Trust on 01246 264030 or email us.