Feeling sad, moody or low from time to time is normal. But for some people these experiences are intense, lasting for a long period of time. More than just bouts of blues, these depressions can often drive them to catastrophic decisions.
Lucky for Barnsley FC fan Chris Ryder, it was the club boss Gauthier Ganaye who decided to lend an ear when he shared his struggles with anxiety and depression online.
anxiety, stress and depression can do one, ant felt this low for a long time 😐
— Chris (@CWRyder) August 8, 2018
Ganaye wrote a letter to him personally, to tell him: “I felt like I want to reach out to you and get in touch. I’ve noticed through social media that you’ve had a bit of a hard time recently, I’m not sure what it is but I hope everything improves for you as soon as possible.”
Best football club in the world pic.twitter.com/72K82u9tUR
— Chris (@CWRyder) August 14, 2018
“You are welcome to swing by anytime. My office door is always open and we’ve finally got a new coffee machine, huge thanks to Alfie Mawson for that!”, he adds.
What a fantastic gesture by our football club! I used to teach Chris in my previous life as a primary teacher and he is a great lad. More importantly, what an example of customer service and caring for our communities – something which I hope we can replicate in SYP in Barnsley https://t.co/QhmEQkzxGR
— Chief Inspector Chris Foster (@CFosterSYP) August 14, 2018
With the increase of mental health issues and suicide (particularly in men).. football clubs have the perfect platform to create a safe space with honest and open dialogue.. to send a strong message that it is ok to talk and that we, as a football community are there for you.. https://t.co/fexqJpQJHs
— Emma Case (@EmmaCase) August 14, 2018
Ganaye also didn’t forget to share the contact details for mental health services, saying: “Alternatively, You make have noticed the squiggle on the back of the player lettering on the shirts? It’s for the MIND charity. They are an EFL partner this season and do some really great work. I’ve included their contacts below.”
Hi Chris, it's so lovely to see such a warm, supportive letter. We'd like you to know that we are always here if you need us. Take care, Eifion at Mind.
— Mind (@MindCharity) August 14, 2018
The next time you are down, just remember that there are people out there who really care for you and life is not that bad.
If that doesn’t work, there is always your football club.