Cambridge United will this season support the mental health 24/7 crisis text line, Shout 85258, as the charity is showcased on the Club's new training kit...
The move has come as the Club looks to deepen its work on mental health and sign-post more practical support for fans. This has happened with the specific support of all Directors.
Godric Smith, Cambridge United Director said, "Our work across the Club and Trust on mental health has been a very important part of who we are as a football club over recent years and we were proud to be called the first mentally healthy club in the national media last summer.
"The last 15 months have been an incredibly tough time for everyone and we are very well aware of the impact it has had on all our fans and the wider community in different ways. All of us will have had our ups and downs with our mental health but we know for some it has been particularly hard.
"We want to deepen the support we can help offer through Cambridge United and are very proud to partner with Shout which is a fantastic national 24/7 text helpline. We would encourage anyone who feels they might be struggling at any point and in need of some support to use it and have a conversation with a trained volunteer. Day or night, Shout is ‘Here for U’s’."
Victoria Hornby, CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind the Shout 85258 service said, "We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Cambridge United and to be featured on their new season's training kit as they kick off in League One for the first time in 20 years.
"It has been a very challenging year and in a climate where many are struggling with their mental health, this is a great opportunity to let football fans know that free and confidential support is available to them 24/7. If they are struggling to cope they can always text SHOUT to 85258 and a trained volunteer will help them take their next steps towards feeling better."