‘We want you to support someone else’: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fronts new mental health campaign as he urges fans to ‘make that call or send that WhatsApp’ to check in on friends and family following difficult 2020
- Chelsea are supporting the launch of the ‘Support Someone Else’ initiative
- The partnership with Three and Time To Change encourages people to reach out
- Research says men have three fewer people in support network post-pandemic
- Frank Lampard implored people to make the extra effort this Christmas period
Frank Lampard is supporting the launch of a new mental health initiative called ‘Support Someone Else’, which encourages people to reach out and provide support to loved ones over the festive period.
The partnership between Chelsea, sponsors Three and Three’s longstanding mental health charity partner Time to Change is encouraging people to pick up the phone and contact friends and family.
Recent research found that on average, men have three fewer people in their support network since the pandemic hit with some men citing not being able to meet face-to-face – like at a football match – as a reason they had fewer people to turn to, and Lampard threw his weight behind the campaign this week.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard backs the ‘Support Someone Else’ initiative ahead of Christmas
Lampard’s message of support is displayed on the screens inside Stamford Bridge this week
‘As manager of Chelsea Football Club, I have called this press conference to announce that we want fans at home and abroad to support someone else,’ Lampard said.
‘Everyone here at the Club, together with our partners Three, would like you to support each other this Christmas – because this year has been tough on everyone. And while Christmas time is a happy time for some, for others it can be incredibly difficult.
‘Some people may be struggling with their mental health and can often feel isolated and alone. Think about who this might be in your life. It might be your Dad, who lives on his own, or a friend who has gone quiet on the group chat, or maybe even a team-mate who doesn’t seem themselves.
‘This Christmas you can make a difference by supporting someone else. Make that call that you’ve been meaning to make. Send that WhatsApp and check in on others.
‘So, please support someone else this Christmas.’
The impact of lockdown loneliness across all gender and ages has reached record levels, according to the latest Office for National Statistics report.
First-team stars such as Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz also spoke of their support for the mental health initiative.
First-team stars like Mason Mount (L) and Ben Chilwell (R) also support the campaign
Statistics show lockdown loneliness across all genders and ages has reached record levels
Guy Laurence, Chelsea FC CEO, added: ‘We loved this idea from the moment Three started discussing it with us and we’re proud that our teams and managers will be championing the idea to “Support Someone Else”.
‘Everyone has had their struggles this year. While there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, we need to continue to support each other as much as we can.
‘Christmas will be different for us all, but both ourselves and Three want to do all we can to encourage our fans and the football community to get behind this initiative and support each other more than ever during this festive period.’
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