This page is dedicated to our team that are raising mental health awareness
From my personal point of view I have seen the highs and lows of being a professional footballer and been at the lowest of the low.
Mental health awareness is something I’m hugely passionate about not just on a personal level but seeing family members and close friends struggle on a day to day basis and to give people a platform to open up and talk and to unite people to work for a better tomorrow.
I believe that The Mind Over Matter foundation is the perfect platform to help people over come their mental health issues by joining the MOM Community.
I became aware of The Mind Over Matter Foundation during the first couple of months of it’s emergence. I knew Luke from playing football in the local Sunday league teams.
I have struggled in the past with mental health, which stemmed from a Gambling addiction. I used to laugh off the stupid amounts of money that i was wasting and how much debt was building up. It became a bit of a running joke within my friend circle, but the truth is, I was in a really dark place and I couldn’t muster up the courage to speak to anyone about it.
When I saw what Luke and Billy were doing with the foundation, I wanted to be involved. I had been learning website design in my free time for around 12 months and offered to build The Mind Over Matter Foundation’s website as a free donation.
Mind Over Matter is a fantastic cause and i am proud to be associated with this foundation and this cracking set of lads.
Although i still have some dark days, i think my gambling addiction is now behind me and the best thing I ever did was opening my mouth and talking about my issues. I felt the whole weight of the world lift from my shoulders.
No matter who you are and what problems you are dealing with, open up to those who are close. Grab a beer with your mate and chat. You won’t regret it.
Like many young lads I always wanted to be a professional footballer I got close going through the ranks at Doncaster Rovers but fell short at the last hurdle, for me that has been the lowest point in my life as I never imagined myself doing anything else.
After football it was like trying to rebuild your life again in which resulted in a massive mental meltdown for me. Not knowing what to do now or what path to follow, But after a few years I eventually managed to turn it round in which has resulted in me moving away from my home town and starting a fresh in Leicester.
I’m really proud to be affiliated with Mind Over Matter because it can help people move in the right direction and help to raise mental health awareness. I wish a few years ago something like this was about, but it’s only of recent that mental health seems to be getting the coverage it deserves. I hope we can make a difference to many people in the future.
The Mind Over Matter Foundation are carrying out the Three Peak Challenge. Why not see how you can get involved by taking part, donating or even spreading awareness.
The Mind Over Matter Zumba classes are something a little out of the ordinary, but are proving to be a big hit with many fitness fanatics returning week after week.