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Introduction

Introduction

Mental health problems affect one in six of the population at any one time. Despite this, many people are unaware of the symptoms of mental health problems.

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

PFA members (or concerned family or friends) can contact any of the PFA's Player Welfare team privately and confidentially.

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Facts about Depression

Facts about Depression

Depressed people can feel anxious, hopeless, negative and helpless and the feeling doesn’t pass. You don’t always realise what’s going on because your problems seem to be physical, not mental.

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Change & Anxiety

Change & Anxiety

Change is part of professional football; managers and coaches move around and it’s all part of the game. Below we set out some other effects of change that might unsettle you.

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Contracts & Stress

Contracts & Stress

All players get nervous round about contract time. Below are some facts and figures about contracts, transfers and some of the effects negotiations may have on players anxiously waiting to find out their future.

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Performance & Panic

Performance & Panic

In this section we look at pressure on players to perform. Every match and what effect that pressure from fans, the media and within you club can have on you.

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Retirement & Anger

Retirement & Anger

Players may experience many different feelings when they retire. In this section we focus on the effects of anger.

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What You Can Do To Help

What You Can Do To Help

A brief guide, outlining initial steps that you can take if you have been suffering from any of the problems outlined in this section.

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Further Contacts & Support

Further Contacts & Support

If you feel you are affected by any of the issues covered in the Mental Health section you may find this list of contacts helpful. All approaches will be treated with strict confidentiality.

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Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance Clinic is one of the world's most innovative centres for the treatment of behavioural problems and is now an integral tool for our members.

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PFA 24/7 Helpline

PFA 24/7 Helpline

This service will provide our current and former members the opportunity to receive and access a 24/7/365 counselling support service to deal with any issues that they may encounter (login required).

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PFA Network of Counsellors

PFA Network of Counsellors

The PFA now have a nation-wide network of counsellors for our members to access.

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