Tragic Chris in­spires his team­mates

Club launch new cam­paign

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Clyde FC have teamed up with a pro­gramme to tackle men­tal health stigma to get peo­ple talk­ing about the is­sue this sea­son.

The League Two side have joined up with See Me and will dis­play the com­pany’s logo on their shirts for the 2016/17 cam­paign.

The Bully Wee, who left Ruther­glen in 1986, are keen to en­cour­age peo­ple con­nected with the club to talk about the is­sue af­ter the tragic death of their for­mer player Chris Mitchell this year.

Their part­ner­ship aims to help change the cul­ture around men­tal health so peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems feel con­fi­dent enough to talk, with­out the fear that they will be stig­ma­tised and dis­crim­i­nated against.

Clyde man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son said: “Men­tal health is some­thing that I’ve got to know a lot more about over the last few years. I’ve been in­volved in men­tal health char­ity work so I un­der­stand how it af­fects peo­ple.

“See Me is a great char­ity for Clyde to be work­ing with. Rais­ing aware­ness is very im­por­tant and we are de­lighted to be do­ing what we can to help with that.”

The lat­est fig­ures show that the sui­cide rate for men is two-and-a-half times that of women.

See Me’s di­rec­tor Calum Irv­ing said: “Men­tal health is part of ev­ery­one’s dayto-day life but there is still a stigma around it. To tackle this prop­erly peo­ple need to un­der­stand that it is okay not to be okay and you can talk about it.

“We want to show that men­tal health prob­lems can af­fect any of us at any time and one in four of us will strug­gle in any one year. That could be at least two play­ers in every foot­ball team. If you’re wor­ried about some­one you don’t have to be an ex­pert. Just ask­ing some­one if they are okay and re­ally lis­ten­ing can be a pow­er­ful thing.”

We are de­lighted to be do­ing what we can to help

Shock For­mer Clyde player Chris Mitchell

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