Spurs ace Dele Alli speaks out on mental health issues ahead of FA Cup ‘Take a Minute’ weekend

All 32 third round FA Cup ties this weekend will kick off one minute later than planned as part of the ‘Take a Minute’ initiative.

A video of Prince William will be shown on big screens prior to the matches encouraging football fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to start taking action to look after their mental health and that of their family and friends.

The powerful one minute film features current and former players, pundits, managers and fans including Frank Lampard, Harry Maguire, Alex Scott, Dele Alli, Jordan Pickford, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Son Heung-Min, Hamza Choudhury, and Slaven Bilic .  The film will play across stadiums, online and broadcasters, reaching millions of football fans across England.

The film has been released as a collaboration between Public Health England’s (PHE) Every Mind Matters and the Football Association and Heads Together’s Heads Up campaign, who have teamed up to raise awareness of the simple actions we can all take to look after our mental health.

Dele Alli in action against Chelsea
(Image: Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Heads Up is a season long partnership between the FA and Heads Together, and spearheaded by the Duke of Cambridge, which uses the popularity of football as a vehicle to generate the biggest ever conversation around mental health.

For the third round, the campaign is now partnering with Every Mind Matters, a groundbreaking mental health platform from Public Health England.

Together, the initiative will encourage football fans to look after their own mental health, and support friends and family who may be struggling. They can start this by completing a ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free tool from Every Mind Matters that has already been completed over one million times.

By taking a minute to answer a few questions about how they are feeling, fans will get their own personalised action plan.

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