Everton Football Club and its official charity, Everton in the Community, united to introduce Blue Family following the coronavirus outbreak and resultant indefinite suspension of Premier League football.
The campaign, launched on 19 March, is designed to combat isolation and support society's most vulnerable and at-risk members.
Everton's most high-profile figures all jumped on board, Chairman Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, the Club's CEO, and manager Carlo Ancelotti joining a number of first-team players in engaging with supporters and offering help.
evertonfc.com is shining a light on the work of EitC and during Mental Health Awareness Week – which began on Monday and concludes on Sunday 24 May – paying particular attention to the issue of mental health.
As part of Blue Family, Academy graduate Tom Davies made a video call to two Everton in the Community participants to discuss the significant strides they have made with their mental health and how they were coping with the coronavirus lockdown.
Vicky Harrison’s life has been transformed since joining Everton in the Community’s Girls on Side programme, shedding 14 stone and progressively combating mental health issues that had led to severe depression and self-harming.
She is currently running every day on her treadmill to raise funds for the charity’s People’s Place campaign, to build a purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park.
Ryan is a participant in EitC’s Imagine Your Goals initiative and struck up a friendship with Davies after discussing his mental health issues with the Everton midfielder seven months ago.
During the video call, the trio discussed the inspirational effect of EitC's programmes, the challenges they are facing due to the essential social distancing measures in place and Tom’s training regime during lockdown.
Watch their call above or by clicking here.
If you need mental health support or to find out more about The People’s Place project CLICK HERE.