WATCH: ‘Help is out there’ - Ipswich Town players’ powerful World Mental Health Day video
Mental wellbeing has “never been more important” following Covid-19 - that is the powerful message from Ipswich Town players in a hard-hitting video to mark World Mental Health Day.
Blues stars including captain Luke Chambers, Jack Lankester, Kane Vincent-Young and Alan Judge teamed up with Suffolk Mind to warn that: “Through these uncertain times, more people than ever are having periods of mental ill health.”
It came after a survey for the charity revealed that 6% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown - with Chambers pointing to the shocking statistic that 16 people a day take their own lives in England.
Their powerful message, released today (Saturday, October 10) to conincide with the global day of action, says that: “Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.”
But despite fears of a growing mental health crisis, the players gave a positive message that “help is out there”.
Judge pointed to the work of Suffolk Mind in teaching children at a young age how they can look after their mental wellbeing.
The video encouraged people to donate £10 to the charity to mark its 10th anniversary, after the charity earlier this year predicted the coronavirus crisis - which has already forced it to move away from its Quay Place headquarters in Ipswich - could cause a £150,000 funding shortfall.
The players also highlighted the work of The Samaritans in being “available day and night for anyone who is struggling to cope and needs someone to listen to without judgement or pressure”.
They encouraged viewers to give £5 a month to the charity, to cover the cost of a call from someone struggling to cope.
A statement from the club said: “The video aims to raise yet more on the importance of mental health, especially during these uncertain times we’re living in.”
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