Everton's Marco Silva, Phil Jagielka take mental health awareness training

Everton's Marco Silva of Everton with Phil Jagielka Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Everton manager Marco Silva, captain Phil Jagielka and CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale have undertaken a mental health awareness training session as part of the club's ongoing work to promote positive mental health.

The session provided the group with an understanding of mental health and how best to identify the signs that someone may be suffering and also gave them guidance on how to effectively signpost individuals to support provision using the online resource, The Hub of Hope, and advice on dealing with crisis situations.

Everton Football Club and its official charity, Everton in the Community, has an ongoing commitment to tackling the stigma around mental health and recently launched a new mental health-focused campaign to raise funds to build a permanent facility -- called 'The People's Place' -- in the shadows of Goodison Park.

"The People's Place project is important to us as a Club and as a charity -- we are more than just a club, we are a family. We want to support our fans and community and do everything we can to help them," Silva said.

Jagielka said he is shocked by how many people are in need of assistance but don't get the help required.

"The statistics around how many people need help -- or who, very sadly, don't receive help in time -- are alarming and it opens your eyes," Jagielka said.