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Stanley to support Heads Up campaign against Shrewsbury Town

The Reds will support the EFL and Mind by displaying the Heads Up emblem

10 February 2020

Accrington Stanley will support the EFL and Mind by displaying the Heads Up emblem during tomorrow night's fixture against Shrewsbury Town.

The aim of the campaign is 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.

Over the past two seasons, the EFL has joined forces with Mind, the mental health charity, to help improve football's approach to mental health and raise awareness around the country.

Now, for two weekends in February, every football team from the following leagues will dedicate their matches to Heads Up, a partnership between The FA and Heads Together:

  • Premier League
  • Sky Bet Championship
  • Sky Bet League One
  • Sky Bet League Two
  • The National League
  • The Barclays FA Women's Super League
  • The FA Women's Championship
  • The FA Women's National League

Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Heads Up aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health.

The Heads Up campaign will highlight the power of talking as a way to support one another and dispel the stigma, with activity planned at fixtures across the men's and women's football calendar.

The weekends will further highlight the important work taking place across football to improve the approach to mental health in football.

This includes the EFL and Mind's ground-breaking charity partnership, which began in 2018 and has provided increased visibility, important training and support for clubs, staff and fans, and raised vital funds for the mental health charity.

EFL Chairman, Rick Parry said: "Through our ground-breaking partnership with Mind, the EFL and its clubs have worked hard to improve the approach to mental health in football and wider society, over the past two seasons.

"Football provides a platform like no other to raise awareness and tackle society's biggest issues and we're proud to offer our support to the Heads Up campaign, as football comes together to further encourage the conversation around mental health.

"I look forward to seeing the impact over the two weekends."

Whether you or someone you know is struggling, or if you want to help dispel the stigma, kick off a conversation about mental health by using the hashtags #KickOffAConversation and #HeadsUp.

To find out more and get tips from Heads Up's charity partners (Mind, Calm, Sporting Chance and Heads Together), CLICK HERE!

Those wanting immediate support can also text 'HeadsUp' to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer - a service run by 'Shout' and powered by Crisis Text Line, which is available 24/7 and free to text from most mobile networks.

To learn more about the EFL's partnership with Mind, CLICK HERE!

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