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VIDEO: Steve's backing York Mind

By Ian Appleyard | 17th April 2019

Steve Watson has expressed his concerns about social media's impact on mental health as City prepare to support York Mind's 'It's OK TO Be Blue' campaign. 

City's players will be wearing blue York Mind bibs before Good Friday's game against Spennymoor Town at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 3pm) and volunteers will be hosting a bucket collection to raise money for the work of the mental health charity.

Promoting the campaign with Holly Bilton, York Mind's Fundraising manager, City manager Watson said: "We have seen some terrible, tragic stories this year where young people have taken their lives who are directly involved in social media.

"It can affect people's confidence, their self-belief and, on a football field, the way they perform. It plays a huge part in modern-day society and we need to make people aware of how destructive it can be. A throw away comment that is made after a couple of pints on a night can really wound and hurt people.

"The more information we get out there about how harmful it can be, the better. It's a global epidemic and we are just playing a small part in trying to get the word out there. This is a good way to get the message across to our fans and show our support and unity for York Mind."

York Mind supports around 4500 people in our city every year and needs to constantly raise funds to support individuals to continue their lives with a variety of mental health conditions.

For more information about York Mind visit www.yorkmind.org.uk.

Watch an exclusive video featuring interviews with Steve and York Mind's Fundraising manager Holly Bilton by clicking the link below:

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