THE SPFL Trust have teamed up with a suicide prevention initiative for the third round of the Challenge Cup.
Championship sides Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Inverness and Raith Rovers were all involved in helping to spread the message this week that it’s okay not to be okay.
As well as highlighting the SPFL Trust mental health programmes, the SPFL Trust have used the opportunity to highlight Scotland’s national suicide prevention campaign.
FC United to Prevent Suicide targets football fans encouraging them to come together, as talking can save lives.
United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people from all across Scotland.
They are united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide.
Players were asked to wear FC United to Prevent Suicide shirts as part of this week’s pre-match photo calls to preview the Friday and Saturday matches.
Kilmarnock goalkeeper Sam Walker reckons it’s vitally important people who require support with their mental gain it.
Supporting the campaign, he said: “Since I started in football, society in general has become so much more open and comfortable about talking about these things.
“It’s important to know that we can speak about these subjects. Within football, whether that’s with your team-mates or coaches. There’s other people around football clubs who can help with that kind of thing too.
“The PFAs and FAs in Scotland and England have mechanisms in place to try and help people.
“Society and football with that has come a long way. It’s vitally important people feel like they can have that conversation to seek help if they need it.”
Partick Thistle forward Brian Graham is seen in the FC United to Prevent Suicide kit above, as part of a national campaign to save lives.
You can follow the team on Twitter: @_FCUnited.