Our FA Cup third round tie against Barnsley kicked off at 2.01pm yesterday to raise awareness of mental health. The Football Association announced that all Emirates FA Cup third round ties would be delayed by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health, as part of the Heads Up campaign.
The move saw all the ties, excluding the replays, kick off one minute later than their traditionally scheduled broadcast and non-broadcast timeslots.
It is hoped that the initiative helped raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing.
The Crewe and Barnsley players joined together in promoting the Heads Up campaign just before kick off on Sunday and during the minute delay, fans were encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.
Heads Up is partnering with Public Health England’s ‘Every Mind Matters’ across the Emirates FA Cup third round to draw attention to the simple steps we can all take to look after our mental health and wellbeing.