Celtic and Hearts set to team up for brilliant mental health cause at Tynecastle

By Euan Davidson

January 25, 2022

Celtic and Hearts will both wear FC United to Prevent Suicide jerseys tomorrow night at Tynecastle, to pay tribute to a Hearts fan who lost his life last week.

Devin Gordon, a young Hearts supporter, tragically lost his life at the age of just 13. It was a story that shocked Scotland, and put the importance of mental health care in focus.

Hearts have been quick to show their support for Gordon and his family. With the visit of Celtic tomorrow night, both teams have joined up to support FC United to Prevent Suicide, a cause in Scottish football that gained notable traction in 2021.

Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images

A number of Scottish footballing figures, including Jack Hendry, Alan Burrows, Ally McCoist and plenty more have supported the work of FC United since its inception in August.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson said [HMFC]: “We can all get better at talking and listening to each other.

“If you’re experiencing difficulties or know of someone who you believe may be, please reach out and speak. One small conversation can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”

Ange Postecoglou added [Celtic FC]: “Too often we are seeing people of all ages lost to suicide and while we understand that we all face very different moments and challenges in our lives we just want to encourage all people to think about having that conversation and using that support which can make such a difference.”

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Brilliant move from Celtic and Hearts; suicide prevention awareness is so important

Societally, we’ve collectively made huge steps in removing the stigma from mental illness. We’ve been encouraged to talk when times are tough, to listen to our friends, colleagues and family, and to support each other.

That’s wholly welcomed, and a huge change from the “stiff upper lip” culture that has damaged so many lives. Now, Celtic and Hearts are using their considerable audience tomorrow night to make a really important point: talk.

FC United have brought in some major names in their campaign to raise awareness of the resources available to suicidal people. Their work deserves the deepest and most considerable respect. Tomorrow night, with both teams warming up in the now-famous FC United jersey, even more people will see the message.

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Because while attitudes have changed, there’s still a whole lot more to do.

Never is that more pronounced than when we hear these tragic stories. Football is, of course, a massive social opportunity, and a great way to raise awareness that everyone needs help at some stage.

Kudos to Hearts and Celtic for putting this together. This is truly meaningful work.

Please remember if you need to talk to someone:

  • Call @NHS24 on 111 Call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87
  • or Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact @GiveUsAShout