As reported on Arsenal.com, Arsenal Football Club has thrown their support behind the renaming of the 2020 FA Cup final to the 2020 Heads Up FA Cup final in order to raise awareness of mental health.
The project, largely done in association with Prince William, aims to open up the conversation behind mental health and just how many people struggle with it both around the world and in the United Kingdom on a day to day basis. Below you’ll find a series of quotes that further explain the process.
Mikel Arteta said: “You have to create a safe environment for them to be able to talk to you directly without feeling judged, or [worrying] whether that’s going to have consequences for them, whether they’re going to play or not, or my feelings towards them.
“This is what I’ve been trying to do over the last 12 weeks, by trying to talk individually so they can raise those feelings, their issues, and we can build the club culture that I want, which is based on respect.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added: “I think the most important thing is to be next to them, to try to speak a lot with them and to give them all the space they need for talking, because I think the best thing is to talk and to discuss problems.”
On the renaming of The Emirates FA Cup, Mikel concluded: “This is a great gesture from Emirates to make a statement on the importance of mental health.”
During the call, The Duke said of the Heads Up FA Cup final: “We’re going to really use the final as a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone. It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic. I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health. Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around.”
Godric Smith, chair of the Heads Up campaign, said: “We are extremely grateful to The FA and to Emirates for this unprecedented gesture of support. Dedicating the final of football’s most iconic domestic cup competition to Heads Up is a huge statement about the importance of mental health and their commitment to it.
“Given the many different impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we talk about our mental health and help support one another, and The Heads Up FA Cup Final will hopefully generate many more of those conversations amongst fans and the football community.”
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