This Christmas, we are asking you to
Support Someone Else:
This year has been tough for everyone. And while Christmas can be a time to come together, mental health problems will affect many of us, as well as loneliness and isolation. Which is why Three UK, in partnership with Time to Change, is working with Chelsea FC’s managers and players to help shine a light on this issue, and remind us to stay connected.
We want you to think about the people in your life who might need extra support. Your dad who lives on his own, your friend who may have gone quiet on the group chat, your teammate who doesn't seem themselves. We are encouraging fans, no matter what club you support, to start a conversation big or small, because reaching out shows the people around you that they are not alone.
This Christmas, you can make a difference by Supporting Someone Else. Make that call you’ve been meaning to make. Send that message. Check-in on others.
Support Someone Else
We’ve teamed up with Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. If you’re worried about a loved one, it can feel daunting to start that conversation, but supporting someone else doesn’t need to feel difficult or scary.
Time to Change’s advice this Christmas could make all the difference to someone close to you:
Sometimes we say we’re fine when we’re not. To really find out, ask twice. It shows you’re willing to be there and listen – now or when your friend is ready.
It doesn’t have to be a video call.
It can feel intense to speak or chat over a video call sometimes. So text, send a meme, or try a virtual activity together. However, if you check in, it will mean a lot.
It’s easy to say: “that sounds tough”.
Show you care and that you’re taking in what they’re saying.
An open ear reduces fear.
Listen – it is often more important than talking.
Be a friend, don’t mend.
You don’t have to fix it, just being there will mean a lot.