Prince William Says Soccer Can Help ‘Break the Stigma Around’ Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Beatrice J. Doty

Prince William is using soccer to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video promoting the landmark Mentally Healthy Football Declaration signed by leaders of the entire U.K. soccer family, the Duke of Cambridge openly references the positive role he believes the sport can play.

“This has been a football season unlike any other,” William says in the video. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, and it is clear it will have a big impact on many people’s mental health. Football’s role in breaking the stigma around mental health has never been more important.”

The Mentally Healthy declaration has been signed by the English Premier League, English Football League, and the soccer associations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

It’s also drawn the support of famous names in the soccer world including England manager Gareth Southgate, England captain Harry Kane and Scotland captain Andy Roberston.

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Saks Focuses Digital Initiatives on Mental Health for May

Beatrice J. Doty

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Saks Fifth Avenue is getting ready to launch a digital mental health initiative as part of its “Saks at Home” campaign.

The mental health initiatives, which launch Tuesday, will highlight some of the organizations that Saks is partnering with in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation aims to increase understanding of the issues around the topic, improve access to care and promote skills that build positive mental health.

On May 5, the charity spotlight will be Glenn Close’s organization Bring Change to Mind and will feature Close herself on Saks’ Instagram Stories. She will share information on her charity as well as some self-care tips on how to promote mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also speak about ways the community can help others.

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Big Ten shares new mental health initiative plan

Beatrice J. Doty

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren shared details about the conference’s new league-wide mental health initiate on Monday.

The Big Ten announced in December that it was forming a Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which consists of a board of representatives with 31 members from the 14 universities and two affiliate members — Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame, which play lacrosse and hockey in the Big Ten, respectively. 

The cabinet members include mental health educators, medical doctors, faculty athletic representatives and senior women’s administrators and more, who “will take a comprehensive, systemic and interdisciplinary approach to establishing mental health programs, while also providing counsel, advice and expertise to the conference office,” the conference said in a statement.

“This is a complex and stressful time in our society and the mental health and wellness of our Big Ten family is a critical component of our focus,” Warren said in a statement.

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