MFA Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness

(This content mentions depression, which some people may find triggering)

The third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’ but this is a myth. 

‘Blue Monday’ is a false calculation based on the gloomy weather and the misconception that it is the most ‘depressing’ day of the year - we all have our good days and our bad days, and those aren’t for the calendar to decide.

However, we would like to use this as an opportunity to focus on the different ways we can look after our mental health against negative influences, whatever day of the year.

We want to dispel this myth and remind people that depression, as well as other mental health disorders, are serious conditions that can affect people anytime and anywhere.

Manchester FA highlights an importance on staying healthy mentally and physically and therefore we have included useful links to on improving mental health within this article.

Manchester FA and The FA, along with our partners across the game, are encouraging players, coaches and officials to be confident and comfortable talking about mental health in the same way that people discuss physical injuries.

Sports can play a crucial role when it comes to mental health. It can help people’s recovery, help manage symptoms and improve the quality of people's lives. Whether it’s in mainstream, community football clubs, or in specialised sport and mental health projects, football can deliver massive benefits.

One in four people experience a mental health problem in any year, which means there are millions of people involved in grassroots football experiencing a form of it in some way. It is important football clubs at all levels appreciate this and know how to include people with mental health issues.

MFA Mental Health

Football Mental Health Alliance: Through our partnership with FMHA, you can access The Vault, which is FMHA's FREE, pioneering platform designed with comprehensive resources for our grassroots football community.

“This partnership with FMHA aligns perfectly with our commitment to the well-being of our football community. Together, we aim to significantly impact the mental health landscape in grassroots football. We look forward to the positive change we can instigate through our collective efforts.

The Vault presents an innovative solution to the grassroots football community, solidifying our ongoing commitment to the holistic well-being of every individual involved in the sport. Launching on World Mental Health Day is the perfect opportunity to remind our stakeholders that we are here to support them with their mental health."

Scott Dean, Designated Safeguarding Officer at Manchester FA

Talk Club x Manchester FA:  Ran in partnership with men's mental health charity Talk Club and open to everyone regardless of ability or background, Talk & Football Club takes place weekly at Burnage Rugby Club on Thursday nights 8-9pm and will cost just £3.50.

“The benefits of physical activity and talking for mental health are well known and we hope that through these sessions we can help men open up, become more mentally fit and feel part of a community; all whilst enjoying a social kickabout. We would encourage men of all ages and backgrounds to attend, no matter how you are feeling out of 10.” 

Joe Mathias, Football Development Officer at Manchester FA

Please contact, if you would like to get involved.

Samaritans #BrewMonday: Here at Manchester FA, we will be taking part in the Samaritans #BrewMonday. It's time to stop this myth about Monday being 'blue' and instead start a conversation over a brew! Reach out and connect with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Mental Health Football Projects in Greater Manchester:


Happy Somedays


Get Onside Mental Wellbeing Football - Stockport


Manchester Football Therapy

General Links:

Greater Manchester Mental Health:


If you need help in a crisis, please call Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 free helpline on 0800 953 0285.


Manchester Mind


Salford Mind