Norwich City Football Club held a mental health awareness evening for all club staff at Carrow Road on Monday evening.
The event, chaired by City fan and former Sky Sports host Simon Thomas, featured special guest speakers in former players Leon McKenzie, Cedric Anselin and Michael Duberry.
They were joined on stage by three key club staff; Head of Player Care Clive Cook, FP & YPD Player Care Manager Carys Dalton and Academy Psychologist Matt Miller.
In front of an audience of over 200 staff from all areas of the club, the panel talked open and honestly about a range of challenging life experiences, dealing with these experiences and being mental health aware.
“It’s something we take extremely seriously here at Norwich City,” Cook said after the event. “We are very forward-thinking on ideas to support players and staff on the mental health topic and therefore I’d say we’re definitely one of the most pro-active clubs in this area.
“We have a dedicated player support team based at the Lotus Training Centre and we’re always looking at ways in which we can support our players, through what can often be a really challenging and intense industry.”
McKenzie added: “When we’re talking about mental health, the message has to be fight back and seek help. We need people to realise that when things aren’t going so well, it’s time to seek help because there are so many options out there.
“It’s great that the club have put on an evening for the staff and these kind of events go a long way to raising understanding around what is an increasingly important topic.”