The Wales Euro 2016 qualifying squad has signed up to We Wear The Same Shirt in a bid to tackle mental health stigma, and are urging the people of Wales to join their team.
We Wear The Same Shirt, born from a partnership between mental health stigma campaign Time To Change Wales and Football Association Wales Trust, are calling on the public to put an end to the stigma and discrimination that 9 out of 10 people living with a mental health condition face.
Launched at the Wales friendly game with Holland on Friday, fans are being urged to pledge their commitment on the website, and to share their support on social media using #SameShirt.
Thanks to Sports Wales funding, the national anti-stigma campaign runs alongside a weekly football programme that is being delivered by Newtown A.F.C. and Merthyr Town F.C., with Wrexham A.F.C. and Newport F.C. being the next clubs to participate from Autumn 2016. The sessions are designed specifically for people living with a mental health condition, free of the pressures of competition and with no pressure to play on the day.
Dominique Lyons, We Wear The Same Shirt Lead at Time To Change Wales said: “Tackling mental health stigma will improve lives that are blighted by discrimination, and we’re inviting you to be a part of this positive movement. We’re delighted to be working with the FAW and our participating clubs to not only tackle discrimination, but also provide an understanding football programme that will support people living with a mental health condition in getting active.”
To sign the pledge to end mental health stigma in Wales, or to find out more about the football programme and how to register visit http://www.wewearthesameshirt.org, or to join the conversation use #SameShirt .