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Bonnyrigg Rose say they are proud to be a part of the Scottish Football Assocation’s mental health advisory panel.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 12:24 pm
Bonnyrigg Rose have joined a SFA panel which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing. Pic by Michael Gillen

The SFA launched the panel at the start of the month as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health and wellbeing.

David McArdle, SFA diversity and inclusion manager, said: “The creation of the mental health advisory panel is a huge leap forward for mental health provision within Scottish football.

"For the first time opinions and thoughts from the leading organisations within this vital area will come together to discuss the improvements and programmes required to ensure that a mentally healthy culture is part of the fabric of Scottish football.

“I would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who have agreed to be part of this journey with the Scottish FA and make a difference within our national game.

“We know 10 per cent of teenagers and 25 per cent of adults will be living with a mental health condition each year and at the moment one in three GP appointments is related to mental health. In 2019, 833 people took their own lives in Scotland.

“It’s a societal problem but one football can undoubtedly have a positive impact on.”

Rose, who sit on the panel with organisations including Samaritans Scotland the The Chris Mitchell Foundation, say football itself has the power to help improve mental health. The club said: “Something that could help with promoting a mentally healthy culture in the short term for players and supporters is a route map back to playing for teams below the SPFL, including grassroots.”