10 Oct 2017


The League Managers Association is today supporting World Mental Health Day, which aims to highlight mental health conditions and to improve efforts to support those affected, and this year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace.

The LMA seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues within its membership, within the professional game and the wider community as a whole to tackle the stigma of mental health and to provide access to health services for its members.

As the representative voice of all football managers from the Premier League, the EFL and the FA Women’s Super Leagues 1 and 2, the LMA recognises that its members work in a demanding and highly pressurised industry, and the physical and mental health and wellbeing of members is a priority. 

Members have access to an extensive range of support services, including:

  • immediate, professional and confidential support in times of difficulty via the LMA Confidential Support Service

  • access to a network of counsellors and mentors for support and guidance

  • health and wellbeing education provided by the LMA Institute of Leadership and High Performance programme to promote early interventions and preventative measures, and to provide members with resilience skills and practical techniques

As a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, the LMA is committed to taking action across the following six areas:

  • use our sport to promote good mental health and wellbeing

  • adopt good mental health policies and best practices

  • appoint ambassadors and role models

  • tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health

  • support a pan-sport platform to develop and share resources and best practice

  • regularly monitor our performance

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.