Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | No Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Retirement – Game Over?

As part of my piece on mental health and elite football posted on this site on Tuesday, I outlined some of the key stressors characteristic of the tough, intensely pressurised and volatile world of the professional game. However, my analysis largely skirted around arguably the most significant stressor – though it did so deliberately, with this post (and Rob’s review of Alan Gernon’s Retired) in mind. My intention …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Mental Health Awareness Week: Book Review: Retired

Retired by Alan Gernon
Published by Pitch Publishing
2016, £9.99

As we have established over our series of articles this week, footballers and football supporters are by no means exempt from the fact that a quarter of people suffer from mental health disorders. That these conditions are established as illnesses is also undeniable and great strides have been made in in recent years to help the wider public recognise …

Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | 2 Comments
Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health and Elite Football

Last Wednesday, with this article already taking shape, it was revealed that Everton winger Aaron Lennon had been detained by police under the Mental Health Act. The Merseyside club subsequently confirmed that the former Spurs player was “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”. The news itself, as well as the way it was reported, discussed and (in some instances) appallingly misrepresented in the media, brought into …

Mental Health Awareness Week: On Being a Football Fan

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Mental Health Awareness | One Comment
Mental Health Awareness Week: On Being a Football Fan

Football is one of the few things in life that has the power to consistently affect my state of mind for better or worse, so when I started to think about how I might go about exploring its relationship with mental health to kick off a mini-series of posts on this website to mark Mental Health Awareness Week I couldn’t resist looking inwards.

Although such a focus might appear …

Book Review: The Bottom Corner

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Book Review | No Comments
Book Review: The Bottom Corner

The Bottom Corner
by Nige Tassell
Published by Yellow Jersey Press
2016

Non-League Football has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the internet age – news of its oddities spread quicker, youtube viewings of outrageous halfway line goals are common, results are available at fingertips and there will always be a small corner of the web to focus on your particular obsession.

But it’s the morass-like nature of Non-League …

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