My own story in regards to mental health and football has been well documented and I’m sure some of you have seen it on the home page of this site in the last couple of weeks. Thank-you to those who sent lovely messages to me following the post. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, … Continue reading Mental Health: The Importance of having an Outlet
Inspired by Airbornevillan’s piece, I could only agree and also add my own take on what has already been said. Whether it’s from quite a few years of being depressed (and not talking about it to anyone), I’ve found I forget things incredibly easily. Sometimes a name, sometimes a face so blindingly obvious, it’s … Continue reading Football & Its Positive Power.
Sensation and memory are powerful things in mental health. As a career soldier, my chosen profession has taken me away from the West Midlands, and so my opportunities to go and see Aston Villa live have been fewer and fewer as family commitments and distance from Birmingham increase. What struck me, though, as I made … Continue reading The power of memory and sensation
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Where the Aston Villa revival started... Saturday 23rd February, 2019. Not a date that many people will mention when discussing Aston Villa’s incredible 10 game winning run, but a pivotal day which started it all off. Villa were in the midst of a poor run of form. 1 win in 10 league outings was the … Continue reading The Aston Villa Revival
4-0 vs Derby, 1-0 vs Blues, 3-1 vs Forest, 3-0 vs Boro, 2-1 vs Blackburn, 3-1 vs Wednesday, 2-1 vs Rotherham, 2-1 vs Bristol and 2-0 vs Bolton... Nine wins. Nine. For the first time since 1910. No living villa fan has ever seen a Villa team in such good form. Over the last 10 … Continue reading 9 Wins In A Row: Playoffs Beckon
When Tom was looking for contributions to his blog regarding mental health within football only last month, I opened up and touched on how football supported me in my own life and helped me deal with struggles I may have or had in the past. So I decided maybe it’s time for me to expand … Continue reading How Aston Villa helped me: My story.
So far I've been amazed by the level of support I've received for this site. The responses to my articles on mental health have been incredible. However, looking forward, I believe that the site needs to grow and evolve. Because of this, I'd like to invite new contributors to join the team here at Villa … Continue reading Next Steps
So, I've been sharing others experiences, and will continue to do so, but I feel like one thing is missing. How can I expect others to open up if I don't continue to do so myself? Yes I've admitted I'm struggling, but I haven't explained myself in the same way many contributors have. Because of … Continue reading Why I started all this: My Experiences
There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has suffered with depression for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now I have managed to open up a bit more to the Villa Community, I have found myself … Continue reading Mental Health Experiences: Part 2