To mark Stress Awareness Week, Barry Corr sat down with the Football Club's Mental Health Officer Daz Coakley to discuss the challenges involved and resilience required to compete in professional sport.
In a candid conversation highlighting the importance of people talking more openly about positive mental health, Barry discusses his own personal experiences of dealing with the highs and lows across his professional playing career, including the resilience required to cope with the inevitable setbacks he faced on and off the pitch.
He also talks about his transition from player to coach and the responsibility now to both promote positive mental health and provide a support structure for the young players he now coaches.
Earlier this year Cambridge United set out its plans to do even more as a mentally healthy football club during the 2019/20 season, recognising that not only is good mental health important for performance but also the unique role that football can play in promoting positive mental health more widely. Read more by clicking here.
Next week, the Club will be announcing more details of a new initiative in conjunction with CUSP (Cambridge United Supporters' Panel) called ‘Support Us’, which aims to provide confidential fan to fan support to anyone who feels they might need it as well as introducing mental health football sessions through the Community Trust.