CHELSEA FOUNDATION COMBATS MENTAL HEALTH STIGMAS

Stamford Bridge will open its doors next Monday to mark World Mental Health Day with a range of activities for fans.

Working in conjunction with Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre and the charity MIND, the Chelsea Foundation aims to raise awareness for mental health issues within the surrounding community.

There will be an art and photography exhibition inside the West Stand's Drake Suite, football free-styling, Capoeira and Zumba dance classes and healthy living workshops - giving Chelsea fans the perfect opportunity to have some fun in our west London home.

There will also be information on mental health awareness to ensure the event combats the stigma attached to mental health issues.

'The point of Mental Health Day to raise awareness of the fact that there's a problem when it comes to understanding mental health within our society,' said Michael Cole, London development manager for the Chelsea Foundation.

'We want to use football as a platform to raise awareness and help people realise that there shouldn't be a stigma attached to mental health issues. It should be something we embrace and understand,' added Cole.

The event has been organised by local volunteers from within Chelsea's Kickz project, which uses the power and appeal of professional football clubs to engage young people in disadvantaged areas who may otherwise be difficult to reach.

Doors will open at 4pm and the event will run until 7pm - click Chelsea Mental Health Day for more information.