Sunday 10th October, 2021 at 3:22pm
Today is World Mental Health Day and everyone at Partick Thistle Football Club would like to encourage all supporters to continue to take care of their mental health and look after one another.
Brian Graham, our men’s team top scorer and women’s team manager, spoke powerfully this week about the tragic passing of his brother Daniel and the gravity of the challenges faced around that time, not only by his brother but by Brian and his family.
Brian gave this interview in support of FC United to Prevent Suicide as part of a national campaign to save lives. He has asked that we reiterate his message to all connected with Partick Thistle.
He said: “World Mental Health Day is very important chance for us to make sure people are taking care of themselves, especially their own mental health – and each other’s.
“I was proud to support the FC United to Prevent Suicide campaign this week by giving my own experience of a really tragic time for my family. While that won’t bring Daniel back, I do hope some of what I said can be of comfort to others and help them in their own situations. If it helps just one person, that will mean a lot to me.
“Most of all, it’s important that people talk and continue to share how they are feeling. The past 18 months have given everyone challenges like they’ve never experienced before, me included. By talking to people, regularly checking in on family and friends and continuing to make mental health a perfectly normal topic of conversation, as it is, we can all make a difference.
“Every Partick Thistle fan, player and member of staff is important to us – please look after yourselves and each other and always, always talk to someone about how you are feeling – help is out there.”
*If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or feeling suicidal, please don’t hesitate to ask for help by contacting your GP, NHS24 on 111, Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 58 87.