PFA TV: Mental Health and Sport
This week PFA staff joined over 120 sports organisations at Wembley to discuss Mental Health and Sport. PFA TV went along to find out more.
The Sport Minds conference, hosted by The FA at Wembley and sponsored by LPP Consulting, has been organised by a coalition of organisations led by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Players Federation and Mind.
Leading practitioners from the worlds of sport and mental health including PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor, offered delegates practical help and advice.
In this episode Leon Mann finds out more about the PFA’s work around wellbeing, speaking with: Gordon Taylor OBE; PFA Head of Welfare, Michael Bennett; former PFA Chairman, Clarke Carlise; and, PPF Chairman and PFA Trustee, Brendon Batson OBE.
The PFA has a 24/7/365 counselling telephone helpline service available which is completely confidential, click here to find out more (login required).
In addition to the helpline, players past and present can access a national network of 62 fully-trained counsellors, all of whom understand the emotional roller-coaster that involvement in professional sport can entail.
The Union continues to offer support and funding to the Sporting Chance Clinic, allowing PFA members to receive residential treatment there. The combination of these services offers current and former members a dedicated team of people and a safe and confidential environment to receive support and counselling.
The PFA provides members with a 24/7 counselling telephone helpline and access to a nation-wide network of 70 fully-trained counsellors.