Hertfordshire Mind Network delivers essential mental health support to residents across Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all 10 districts of the county, including in Watford.
Funded locally, the charity’s services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and dedicated services are offered for 15 to 18-year-olds. Whilst affiliated with Mind, it is an independent charity responsible for its own funding and therefore every penny raised goes towards supporting the lives of local people.
Mind’s own research shows that over half of people (56 per cent) feel that football fans find it easier to show their emotions at football matches than at any other time. Despite this, the charity also knows that many fans, particularly men, are struggling in silence for fear of opening up about their mental health. This is likely to have been made all the worse by the impact of the pandemic. Mind’s most recent research found that more than half of adults and two-thirds of young people said their mental health got worse during the first lockdown.
The charity hopes mental health-themed matchdays like this will begin to open up the conversation among football fans about their mental health, as well as raising awareness about the support offered at this difficult time.