Throughout the week, Norwich City have supported Mind’s ‘Do One Thing’ campaign to mark World Mental Health day.
As part of their initiative, Mind were asking people to ‘Do one thing’ – this could have been reaching out to a friend, taking part in physical exercise, meditating or listening to music in order to look after your own mental health and that of others.
The Club started their support of the campaign on Monday, when first-team centre-half Christoph Zimmermann surprised young City fan Noah Bartle with a video call, after Noah had broken both of his leg’s weeks prior.
Discussing his injury, the third kit, and his allegiance to the Canaries from Sheffield, Zimmermann surprised Noah with a signed shirt to thank him for his support and bravery.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Canaries fan Matt Colley is going to cycle through every village in Norfolk in aid of the Community Sports Foundation. Matt also aims to complete the 5000-mile total before the end of the season!
Matt selected five local organisations who all have a connection to mental health, wellbeing and inclusivity: Norfolk & Waveney Mind, The 12th Man, Norwich Soup Movement, Sir Norman Lamb’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and the Club’s own Community Sports Foundation - and he has set a fundraising target of over £25,000.
To find out more on Matt’s challenge, including how to donate, click here.
Norwich City Academy got involved on Wednesday, with Justin Fashanu Mental Health Ambassadors Tony Springett and Jon McCracken joining head of player care Clive Cook to discuss their roles as ambassadors.
Serving as a go-between for players and player care, the pair, along with Caleb Richards who’s currently on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, volunteered to support fellow teammates in the Canaries academy.
You can read more on the relationship between the Justin Fashanu Foundation and the Academy here.
🗣 "Saving one person’s mind is better than saving none.”— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) October 7, 2020
Academy players Jon McCracken and Tony Springett recently became mental health ambassadors at the club. Here, they explain more about their roles and why they got involved ⬇️@TJFFOUNDATION #DoOneThing pic.twitter.com/yr6OdDPn0q
The CSF played their part in supporting the campaign on Thursday, when reconnecting over a video call with their Extra Time members.
On Friday, we looked back on an important partnership the club made in August with War Paint for Men, who challenge the stigmas around men’s makeup and mental health.
Hear more below from chief operating officer Ben Kensell, club ambassador Darren Eadie, and War Paint for Men founder Daniel Gray on the partnership.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) October 9, 2020
Finally on Saturday, principal partner Dafabet supported the week by aiding the club in setting up a surprise video call from head coach Daniel Farke for the same key workers who helped announce the 2020-21 away kit.
Not only were the key workers given a video call from the head coach, Farke also revealed they have all been invited to Carrow Road as guests when fans can safely return to the home ground.
For more information on the EFL and Mind’s charity partnership visit - https://www.efl.com/-more/all- about-the-efl/official-charity/
If you need support from Mind visit Mind.org.uk for information and advice. You can also talk to Mind via the confidential Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.