Mind On Your Side champion Matty Blair has taken part in an EFL project called 'Inside the Mind of…' to mark mental health awareness week.
Blair is one of ten players and managers who have put themselves forward to be On Your Side Champions and this project is the first time they have been able to directly introduce themselves to fans and start talking about the vital work taking place across EFL clubs in support of Mind.
Blair has always spoken honestly about his experience with mental health particularly in terms of his handling of huge grief following the passing of his brother Ross but as well as being a role model for speaking out, he has also reached out into the Doncaster community to actively support others who might need it.
As well as offering support to Fit Rovers participants (which you can find out more about on the Foundation website), Blair discusses attending the club’s social cafes which are held at the Keepmoat Stadium in partnership with Doncaster Mind.
“Football has such an effect on people’s lives and now that the EFL and Mind have come together, Mind can now support anyone from the footballing community that has mental health issues," he said.
“For me personally, I’ve been supporting Mind wherever I can. Doncaster Mind and Doncaster Rovers have developed a good relationship where every month or six weeks, Mind come to the stadium and enjoy a social café.
“I’ve been to a few now - it’s as simple as a cup of tea, piece of cake and a chat. Mind bring their service users so they get to have a chat with people at the football club, have a look around the stadium, have a look at the pitch, and I know they do a lot of craft days and activity days too.
“There is lots and lots going on and will continue to go on to help anyone struggling with mental health problems.”