Royals captain Paul McShane, fellow defender John O’Shea and Reading FC Women defender Molly Bartrip showed their support at the Royal Berkshire Hospital this afternoon by backing an event organised by both staff and patients.
The intention of the event was to help raise awareness on World Mental Health Day and show the programmes that are on offer for people in need of support.
McShane, O'Shea and Bartrip began their visit by meeting and greeting different staff who oversee the many different programmes that Royal Berkshire Hospital have to offer.
The first-team players then visited the children’s ward, before touring the Emergency Department.
Approximately one in four people in the UK will suffer mental health problems at some point this year, and the backing of today’s event is one of many initiatives which both the EFL and Reading Football Club have sought to be involved with.
Prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the EFL announced Mind as their official charity partner for the upcoming season.
Mind’s mission is to make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone and they offer a number of ways to support people in order to make sure that everyone can access the help that they need.
To help raise awareness and show their support of Mind’s work, their logo is displayed on the back of every player’s shirt throughout the EFL.
This afternoon, both the EFL and Mind were at Kings Cross Station to Highlight the statistic that one in four people will experience a mental health problem each year.
James Shea (Luton Town), Deji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon), Luke Prosser (Colchester Utd) and Darius Charles (Wycombe Wanderers) surprised football fans and commuters by taking centre stage at a special temporary installation on the King’s Cross station concourse.
The four players each spent half an hour within the live exhibit posing as footballers with visible and invisible health problems, in full view of passengers within the station.
To find out more about the work that Mind does, visit https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/.
You can also donate £3 by texting FOOTBALL to 70660.