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Anxiety tips for football fans

This weekend sees almost the full return of football as we know it in Hampshire, with Southampton travelling to Everton to kick off their season on Saturday, and on the same day Portsmouth welcome unrestricted crowds back to Fratton Park for the first time in 18 months.

Our new ‘Back to football: anxiety toolkit’ gives tips for handling anxiety whether it be self-care tips if you are suffering yourself, or advice for approaching and assisting someone you feel might be struggling.

Solent Mind’s Business Development Director Emma Fernandes said: “While many will be excited about getting back to what plays such a prominent role in many lives in Hampshire, for some the return might be causing some levels of anxiety. Whether that be from the crowds in the stadium, the travel, or lingering COVID-19 concerns.

“Solent Mind can offer friendly advice or a listening ear to local people through our Support Line or for those seeking online tips, we hope our new toolkit will help many people this weekend.”

Eastleigh FC are Hampshire’s third highest ranked club as they sit in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and they commit to making the Silverlake Stadium a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

Gazz Davison, Community & Welfare Officer at Eastleigh FC, said: “We know how difficult the pandemic has made life for everyone and want fans of both The Spitfires and our visitors to be comfortable within the ground when they come to watch their favourite team.”

Eastleigh’s return to league action was delayed, meaning they won’t be playing their first game back at the Silverlake Stadium until August 28.

Gazz continued: “At the Silverlake Stadium we are proud to be inclusive, welcoming people from all backgrounds. We don’t forget that not all disabilities are visible and are happy to assist anyone who is anxious or feels uneasy at any time during their visit.

“Your comfort and wellbeing is our utmost priority when you are here so we have appointed a Disability Liaison Officer who can be contacted via Twitter (@dlo_eastleighfc).”

Download our ‘Back to football: Anxiety toolkit.'

Call Solent Mind’s Support Line on 023 8017 9049, open 9am-7pm weekdays and 10am-2pm weekends.

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