Thomas Frank and football managers across the Premier League, EFL and WSL have backed suicide prevention partnership as it rolls out across the country. England Manager and LMA President, Gareth Southgate has backed a partnership, led by the League Managers Association (LMA) and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, which aims to help prevent suicide. It is being rolled out across the country following a successful launch in Greater Manchester in 2021.
To kick-start the national rollout of this ground-breaking partnership, a new film has been created featuring Gareth Southgate, Andy Burnham, all 20 Premier League Managers and managers from across the EFL and WSL. The film aims to use the managers’ influence and reach to raise awareness of the free online suicide prevention training, which nearly two million people across the country have taken so far. Brentford FC Head Coach Thomas Frank also took part and the film can be seen below.
The training is a crucial part of the Shining a Light on Suicide campaign, run by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership since 2019. The award-winning campaign works to bring the word suicide out of the dark, so that everyone can confidently start open and honest conversations about suicide and suicidal feelings. See more information on the LMA website here.