During Mental Health Awareness Week (18th - 24th May 2020), Cardiff City First Team players reached out to veterans on Cardiff City FC Community Foundation's Sporting Memories project, which aims to reduce social isolation and improve mental and physical wellbeing. 

Cardiff City Captain, Sean Morrison spent time talking to Former Army Captain, John who served on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The pair discussed football, life and how keeping in touch with people can improve your mental wellbeing during the current lockdown period.

Bluebirds skipper, Morrison said: 

If you're sat at home with minimal contact with people, it can be a lonely place.

In this situation, it’s massively important to be able to connect.

Having a conversation with family, friends or neighbours to see how people are coping can give people a massive lift.

I did with someone I’d never met and had a really interesting conversation that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has a veteran population of over 27,000 with 8% of those experiencing mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

We believe mental health is everyone's business and encourage people to talk about mental health and the effect it has on people's lives. 

If you’re a veteran and would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the Sporting Memories project during lockdown, please click here.