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Community Hero: City V Stoke

5 October 2018

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Dr Richard Gorrod as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Stoke City.

Season ticket holder Richard, 55, has been raising awareness of mental ill health in Norfolk and Suffolk after he considered taking his own life from depression. Richard received help from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and the Priory in Chelmsford where he received care and is now urging others to not be afraid to ask for help.

Dr Gorrod, a former GP at Fakenham Medical practice now regularly educates other professionals and students at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge of mental health. Richard is also an NSFT Service User Governor for Norfolk and has been involved in conferences in Norfolk and Suffolk run by NSFT’s Men’s Wellbeing Project to help spread the message of suicide prevention.  

“I became severely ill with mental illness and I spent some months in hospital. ​The experience has given me some insight and understanding into what matters when you are ill and I have since become a Trustee of MIND and been involved with teaching Medical Students at the UEA about mental illness.

"It is really important to get the message out there so people who are struggling with their mental health know that they can get better if they reach out for help,” said Richard.

Dr Gorrod, Vice Chairman of the charity Norwich and Central Norfolk MIND recently chaired the Second Annual Norfolk Suicide Prevention Conference in Norwich to share his story in the run up to World Mental Health day next Wednesday helping to prevent suicide in those who are affected as sadly Norfolk has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country.

"I was very unwell but was so fortunate to have my family and fantastic support from when I was in care. There is a real stigma associated with mental health especially in men and I am trying to help people in their recovery and also campaign for better services as it isn't resourced enough, I thought I was bullet proof because I was a doctor but that isn't the case.

"1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem so there needs to be a wider understanding throughout the community of the importance of mental health."

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Richard as he brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Stoke City.

If you feel like you are in need of urgent help and want to talk to someone, you can access the helplines and websites below;

  • For urgent medical attention, you can call 999, visit A&E or make an Emergency GP appointments.
  • For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS on 111 (England).
  • The Samaritans offer confidential, emotional support, 24 hours a day. You can call on 116 123.
  • If you are under 19 you can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, call 0800 1111.

 At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.

Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please visit the Community Hero page on

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