In light of mental health awareness week, we’re shining the spotlight on Everton in the Community’s mental health programme, Imagine Your Goals and how main partner, Cazoo is now supporting the initiative which has been running for 14 years.
Everton manager, Frank Lampard and a number of first team players experienced the first-hand impact of Everton in the Community’s Imagine Your Goals mental health programme, which is part-funded by main partner Cazoo.
Lampard joined Jarrad Branthwaite, Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Seamus Coleman at Finch Farm to take part in the session where participants and players came together to share personal stories of overcoming mental challenges using football as an example and a therapeutic tool.
As well as promoting positive mental health amongst participants, the day also celebrated Cazoo’s Goals for Good campaign which over the course of this season and last, has pledged to donate £1,000 for every goal Everton score in the Premier League. As well as funding Imagine Your Goals, money raised from the initiative is also channelled towards the charity’s Girls on Side programme which supports females in overcoming similar issues with their mental health.
Lampard spoke with the Imagine Your Goals team to express the importance of prioritising mental health and how football can be used as a metaphor for the challenges that we may face throughout life.
“It’s a huge priority for us all individually to try and manage our mental health as well as we can” said Lampard. “It’s a huge thing now in society, and it’s a good thing that we are more aware of the importance of mental health.