Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. That could be one person in every family, hundreds of football players and thousands of football fans. That is why the EFL and Mind have come together to tackle mental health - together, we can be game changers.
Last Saturday night 50 fans, club and EFL staff combined took on the ‘Mind United: Trek the Peak District’ challenge and trekked the Peak District through the night from 8pm to 8am. Representatives came from all over the country as far as Plymouth, Yeovil, Ipswich and Carlisle as vital funds were raised for Mind's services as part of the ‘On Your Side’ partnership.
The trek was a real test of fitness, endurance and team spirit for the walkers involved and included an ascent up Jacob’s Ladder, an incredible sunset over the Peaks, a temperature drop, another brutal 2.00am ascent and plenty of sheep, before a 4.30am sunrise, a rocky descent to the finish and some aches and pains at the end!
Former Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Derby County footballer Marc Edworthy took part in the challenge representing Derby County for his mother who lives with bi-polar. On completing the trek he said: “I don’t think I’ve ever walked as far as that before, it was tough but for a great cause. I was representing Derby County, but also everyone really.
“Mental health is such a massive thing now and it’s really important that it’s talked about. My mum suffers with bi-polar so I’ve done it for a great cause and look forward to doing it again next year.”