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The Psychology Of Missing Football

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The Psychology Of Missing Football

Whether it’s league or non-league, local and National lockdowns have been causing us to mourn our beloved football.  But what have we be missing?  What does it give us?  And why can’t we wait to go back?    This is how Ellis Platten from Away Days describes the void. But how would psychologists explain what we’re missing? Firstly, and so pertinent to the lockdown days of 2020, there are the social interactions we may be lacking. Ellis talks passionately about the congregation, the chat, the debate, the community. When we meet on the terraces we are engaging in an intense...

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It's OK not to be OK - How can football help male mental health?

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It's OK not to be OK - How can football help male mental health?

Football can be visceral, territorial, furious and all encompassing, yet for some it can also be life saving; a way to connect, a way to unify, a social inclusion like no other.   So, with suicide remaining the biggest killer of men, under 45, in the UK, what can football do to help break the silence surrounding male mental health? According to Colin Dolan, founder of the Mental Health Football Association, “Football saves lives........it saved mine without a shadow of a doubt. If it wasn’t for football, I’d be dead, or in a gutter”. The charity Mind Kicks, formed back in...

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