Rotherham United are reinforcing their commitment to keeping the conversation around mental health going this evening as first team boss Paul Warne volunteers his time to join BBC Radio Sheffield for a ‘Time to Talk’ special between 6-7pm.
The Millers manager, who has always looked to offer his support on the topic of mental health, will join Football Heaven presenter Adam Oxley and Doncaster Rovers stalwart James Coppinger to take calls, share stories and discuss football’s relationship with mental health, both from a beneficial and detrimental perspective.
As a club, we feel that we must continue to spread the message of the importance of taking care of your mental health, but now more than ever as we look to navigate our way through the challenges presented to us by the pandemic.
Today (Thursday 4th February 2021) marks Time to Talk Day 2021, meaning the Gaffer’s involvement in tonight’s show is particularly fitting. With that said, we believe it is always ‘time to talk’. Nobody should suffer alone. Reach out to a family member, a friend or even to us here at the football club.
All you need to do to get involved tonight is to tune in to BBC Radio Sheffield from 6pm for the hour-long show.
Football Heaven presenter Adam Oxley – who will be hosting the evening - said: “It’s great that two of the biggest names in local football have agreed to take an hour from their busy schedules to talk football and mental health. It’s so important we talk about and look after our mental health and the support of Paul Warne and James Coppinger will hopefully get the message across to a wider audience.
“We had a really positive response in the last two years when Sam Hutchinson, Chris Kirkland and Bobby Hassell shared their mental health stories, and how football has both helped and hindered their wellbeing.
“Football can be a real force for good but as we’ve all found during lockdown, it can also be tough when the game is suddenly taken away, when you can’t play or go to watch your team with your friends and family.”