Evertonian's Team Photo Surprise After Innovative Mental Health Work

A lifelong Evertonian who has set up a thriving men’s mental health support group was invited as a special guest as the Blues squad had their team photo taken last week.

As well as being a Goodison Park Season Ticket Member, Jay Deakin follows Everton up and down the country and – as a reward for his unstinting loyalty and mental health work – he was presented with free tickets to all Toffees’ remaining Premier League away matches this season during his Finch Farm visit.

Jay, who has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and has suffered from poor mental health, established his ‘Walk and Talk’ group in 2020. His aim was to give men a forum to chat about any problems they are contending with, while getting outdoors and being active.

The initiative has gone from strength to strength, with members regularly meeting up for the walks, while Jay has also organised football tournaments for the group.

Watch Jay’s visit to Finch Farm in the video above or here now.

Find out more about Jay's Talk Hub mental health group here.