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Tell Us What The Mind Squiggle Means To You

17 April 2019

Ahead of our Sky Bet League Two clash with Newport County on Easter Monday, we continue our mental health awareness series by asking what the Mind squiggle actually means.

You will have seen that the design appears on the backs of our our players shirts - as well as at all other EFL clubs this season.

The squiggle that you see on the first letter of every player's name is part of the Mind logo. It means different things to different people, but many feel that it represents the confusion and chaos some of us can feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

Media Manager Bob Trafford stated -

"For me the symbol reflects the rapid nature of my thoughts when I am suffering a period of anxiety. It is almost like a child sitting down with a crayon and scribbling on a piece of paper - there is no structure to it, there is no rational thought behind it and when it has tired you out so much in creating it, all you are left with is a mess.

"The logo helps people recognise that they are not alone - despite the fact that it is easy to think this when symptoms manifest themselves.

"It will mean something specific to everyone based on their own experiences - but when these stories are shared, that's when the whole narrative changes from an isolated individualistic one to a vibrant collective assault which inspires hope, belief and defiance."

This is the first time that a charity logo has been incorporated into player's names on the back of their shirts and Mind are thrilled to be part of such a ground-breaking design. Mind's charity logo also features in the shirt numbers.

We all hope that the logos will increase the visibility of mental health and play it's part in helping achieve real change by raising awareness and understanding of mental health in football, sport and society as a whole.

Tell us what the Mind squiggle means to you by emailing press@mtfc.co.uk and we will publish your thoughts later in the week.


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