Barnsley FC and Reds in the Community caught up with Dan and Denny from the ‘Every Player Counts’ programme earlier this week.
Prior to lockdown, the two Reds fans participated on a weekly basis in a number of football related sessions at Oakwell.
And now, after six months, they have returned… and had a little surprise from Conor Chaplin and Luke Thomas.
Whilst enjoying a game on FIFA 21, conversations were had about the importance of recognising and caring for your mental health, whilst also sharing the importance football plays in their lives.
🎮 "𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶?"@ConorChaplin10 and @luke_luke19— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) October 10, 2020
Dan and Denny (from @bfccommunity's 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗖𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗧𝗦 programme) #DoOneThing this #WorldMentalHealthDay.
🗣️ It's good to talk. pic.twitter.com/x10DqCLRsi
This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health.
According to research, with over 16,000 people, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.
Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start with one thing.
If you would like to talk to Rotherham and Barnsley Mind about the help and support that they can offer to you or a loved one, or would like advice about any of the services they offer, please click here.
We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.