- Supporter-led initiative announced by CST in response to increased mental health issues faced by fans
- Hub offers free information, advice, and sources of support in a confidential and familiar environment
- Project developed with support of Chelsea FC and Chelsea Foundation as a way for fans to help fans
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) ‘Over the Line’ Mental Health Hub will be back at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea FC’s fixture versus Aston Villa on Sunday 24th September.
The CST is delighted that the Mental health Hub will return at our next home fixture. We would like to thank Chelsea FC for supporting this excellent initiative.
The new initiative, in which fans who may be experiencing issues can confidentially speak to qualified mental health professionals and specialists in a familiar environment, will be based in the Tea Bar [next to the ticket office] and will be open from 11:30am.
The Mental Health Hub has been founded by the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust as part of its wider Over the Line initiative that launched in 2021. Over the Line is a mental health signposting and education resource specifically aimed at Chelsea supporters. The Over the Line website aims to help people recognise their own problems and then find the resources that support people make that first step’ over the line’.
This resource has been launched by the CST following the growing need to help Chelsea fans come to terms with their own mental health issues and to help them take the next step.
It will be staffed by two trained counsellors from the charity Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mindalong with Chelsea Foundation staff and will offer anyone who is experiencing difficulties a place to go for support and advice.
The programme has been developed as a way for fans to help fans and will offer free information, advice, and sources of support on issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, addiction, and OCD. There is also help on hand for coping with grief, becoming a new parent, difficulty sleeping, and more.
The ‘Over the Line’ Mental Health Hub welcomes all Chelsea supporters and is supporter-led initiative kindly funded and supported by Chelsea FC and Chelsea Foundation.
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board Member & ‘Over the Line’ co-founder, David Chidgey, said:
“The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is proud to have launched this important service for Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge.
“Since the pandemic, data shows us that people are struggling more than ever with their mental health – it is therefore vital that we help to change the often negative attitudes towards mental health.
“As we head into the new season, it is important that fans help fans, and we hope that the Matchday Mental Health Hub will encourage those who may be struggling to seek help and support in a familiar environment.
Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Chelsea Board Member and Chair of Chelsea FC Foundation said:
“Chelsea FC is delighted to help support the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and their Over The Line initiative which provides important signposting services for looking to improve their wellbeing and mental health. This has been a collaborative approach, working with the club, Chelsea FC Foundation, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow MIND, and an excellent example of working together to help drive positive change. We hope this is the first of many fan-led initiatives we see in the future.”
“Teamwork is a foundation of success both and on and off the pitch. HFEH Mind is therefore excited to partner with Chelsea FC and the Chelsea Supporters Trust to deliver the Over The Line Campaign.
1 in 4 people in England experience a mental health issue each year, and studies show that men are less likely to talk about their wellbeing. We therefore see campaigns like Over The Line as essential to raise awareness of mental health and the support services available. We look forward to meeting Chelsea supporters on the day and finding new ways to work together in future.”
Notes to Editors
This project has been launched by The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust as part of its wider Over the Line scheme. The initiative has been funded by Chelsea FC with additional support from local mental health charity Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind.