Heads Up Mental Health Support

Tackling Mental Health Issues

Helping you to find the support you need to get through these challenging times

We’ve pulled together some tips and advice from The FA’s charity partners to help you to find the Mental Health support you need

Earlier this year The FA and its partners united in an attempt to kick off the biggest ever conversation on mental health. This formed part of the wider Heads Up campaign, aiming harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the discussion of mental health issues and dispel the stigma that often surrounds them. 

Since then the world has changed dramatically, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting one everyone’s lives in ways we could not have expected. In challenging times like these, looking after both our physical and mental health is of the utmost importance.

We’re all facing different challenges, stresses and pressures, but it’s important to remember that whatever you’re going through and however it’s making you feel, it’s okay to talk about it. This can often be an important first step in helping you feel better.

The FA’s charity partners and other mental health charities in the UK are here for you and ready to give you the support and guidance you might need through this challenging time.

Coronavirus may be a physical illness, but its implications have far-reaching effects on mental health too, and as we continue to navigate our way through the ‘new normal’, it is vital to look after both of these as best as possible.

Below we have collated some of the support, information, and tips that are available to help us all get through this difficult period.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing

Mind has produced a number of tips on how to cope with feeling stressed or worried about how Coronavirus could affect your life, as well as tips on how you can improve your wellbeing.


A little help to get you through these weird times

CALM has put together some tips to help you get through these weird times, suggesting simple ways to overcome feeling out of control and uncertain, and tackling things the best way possible.


Ten tips to help with anxiety

Every Mind Matters has put together ten ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing during this period, helping to battle feeling anxious, stressed, helpless, confused or angry.


Supporting yourself and your colleagues

Mental Health At Work has supplied some useful and practical information for anyone who needs it, helping you to look after your workplace wellbeing and make sure you always have the support you need.


Text ‘HeadsUp' to 85258 for 24/7 support

Shout is available 24/7 and free to text from most mobile networks. Anyone who is feeling anxious, stressed, low or in crisis, can text ‘HeadsUp’ to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer who will chat to you by text message.