Tranmere Rovers in the community will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10th September by displaying 135 football shirts in the Kop stand for the game against Stockport County on Friday 9th September (kick-off 7.45pm), for demonstrate the number of people estimated to die by suicide during a 90-minute football match.
Statistics from the World Health Organization show that a person somewhere in the world dies on average every 40 seconds by suicide, which means that approximately 135 people will tragically lose their lives by suicide during a game of 90 minute football.
We are asking fans to bring their football shirts to the club shop in Prenton Park ahead of the game against Stockport County, and they will be displayed on 135 seats in the Kop Stand during the game to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
You can drop off your football shirts to support the cause anytime from today until Stockport County match day on Friday the 9the September. The club shop in Prenton Park is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday for you to drop off your shirts, and from 10.00am to 5.30pm on Saturday match day. The Club Shop is also open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays without matches.
The jerseys will then be available at the club shop in the week following the match so that you can pick them up.
Senior Community Manager Matt Houghton said:
“’Every day, thousands of families and friends around the world receive the devastating news that a loved one has committed suicide. We want to raise awareness of this issue and encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out and get the help they need.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, we will be creating a display of football shirts representing the estimated number of people who commit suicide in the time it takes for a football match to be played.
If you have a football shirt you are happy for us to include it in the display, please drop it off in the club shop and become part of our campaign.
Mental health awareness is something we are passionate about at Tranmere Rovers In the Community, with services available to help you improve your mental health. If you would like to find out more about these services and get involved, please email [email protected] or call us on 0151 608 2354.