Footballers seeking mental health help in record numbers – but it’s good news | Aaron Bower

The PFA is set to assist more players than ever this year and those at the heart of the fight believe that reflects a growing trust in the system rather than a growing problem

“The statistics may sound worrying when you first hear them but they’ve got to be interpreted as a positive,” says the Professional Footballers’ Association’s head of welfare, Michael Bennett, as he reflects on what has been achieved and what is still to be done.

A record number of players are likely to approach the PFA for support with mental health problems this year. From 160 cases in 2016, the total rose to 403 last year and figures revealed to the Guardian show more than 250 players used the service during the first six months of 2018.

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