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Blades back Inside Out campaign

13 September 2017

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Youngsters from United's SteelPhalt Academy at Shirecliffe have recently taken part the 'Inside Out' campaign in association with the If U Care Share Foundation.

The If U Care Share Foundation was set up following the death of 19-year-old Dan O'Hare, who without any warning took his own life.

The Foundation has three main aims, prevention, intervention and support for those bereaved by suicide.

The 'Inside Out' campaign encourages people to talk, never underestimate the power of a conversation. You have the power to save a life, there is always a way.

United's Head of Education & Welfare Mark Wilgose explained why United's younger generations backed the campaign.

He remarked: "We decided to get involved with this to promote mental health, which is high profile at the moment, with Prince Harry and William getting involved the in the debate.

"Football brings all sorts of challenges and pressures for its players, including moving away from family, pressure to succeed, constant judgement and selection, factors which can all contribute to a deterioration in mental health.

"Suicide is the biggest killer in men under 50 in the UK and across the world, there is a suicide every 40 seconds.

"Helping people open up about problems they are facing can help them thrive rather than just survive.

"We hope our involvement through the youngsters at the Academy has played a small part in raising awareness about the problem."

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