Norwich City Fans Social Club will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Night on Thursday, November 21, in the Norfolk Lounge at Carrow Road.
Professional football is a dream career for most people, with the perceptions creating an illusion that life in the industry is perfect. Behind the hard work, talent and ambition, mental health issues can arise, with young men putting on a mask in a culture where discussing feelings still isn't the norm.
Just like supporters, struggles with mental health in the industry are all too real. One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year and over 10% of the population have depression at any one time. Despite the glamour of the game we all adore, mental health is still a silent threat to those we idolise every weekend, with the stigma still intact.
On Thursday, November 21, current and former players are joining host Michael Bailey for a mental health awareness evening, as they share their struggles in an attempt to create a change in attitudes and to help those who suffer, whether they elect to share their problems or are yet to reach out.
A selection of ex-Norwich City footballers who had experienced well-documented struggles with mental health will be guests at the event.
Current first-team defender Sam Byram and academy player Tom Scully will also be in attendance to discuss their experiences.
Joining them will be local MP Norman Lamb, who recently announced his intention to stand down at the next general election to launch a new mental health and wellbeing fund aimed at supporting people here in Norfolk.
The social club has also invited around 15 mental health professionals and charities to be part of this event. All will have a table to display their leaflets, and their representatives will be there to chat with people to offer any help and guidance needed.
Entry for this event is free, with the event being hosted in the Norfolk Lounge at 7.30pm at Carrow Road, but there will be the opportunity to donate on the night to the CSF's #buildthenest campaign.
Watch out for more details about this event and others at www.ncfsc.co.uk, @NorwichCityFSC or on our Facebook page, Norwich City Fans Social Club.