Players back Mental Health Trust campaign
Three professional footballers have been enlisted in a campaign to encourage young men to talk about their problems.
Men aged between 15 and 34 are the most likely to take their own lives, while those between 18-24 are five times more likely to turn to drugs to deal with problems than women the same age.
Now the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust has launched the Lift the Weight campaign to encourage them to seek help.
Barnet captain Anwar Uddin, Reading midfielder Jobi McAnuff and QPR midfielder Mikele Leigertwood are all featured in a special section on the Trust’s website offering advice on how they can best deal with stress and information on mental health.
Maria Kane, chief executive of the Trust, said: “Men are under a lot of pressure sometimes to be ‘strong’ and able to cope, and many therefore do not voice their emotions.
“We want to encourage young men to deal with their emotions by acknowledging when they are feeling pressured, stressed or angry.
“Instead of smoking, drinking to excess or taking drugs, people can try to find alternative ways of dealing with these difficult feelings such as exercise, counselling or taking up a new hobby.
“We believe this campaign will also help reduce the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, so young men know it’s alright to ask for help.”
For more information visit www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/lifttheweight or call 0845 389 2989.