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MARK HUDSON: IT’S OK TO TALK

10 October 2019

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Touching interview with First Team Coach Mark Hudson on Mental Health Day

- In-depth, meaningful interview with Mark Hudson
- Town’s First Team Coach reveals his previous struggles with Mental Health
- See how the Town Foundation is helping people with Mental Health problems

“It’s hugely important not to suffer on your own” said First Team Coach Mark Hudson as he opens up for the first time his previous struggles with Mental Health.

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and starting in the summer of 2009, Mark Hudson and his wife really struggled after the tragic passing of Mark’s sister in-law.

10 years on from that heart-breaking moment, Mark came out and discussed his story.

“When I went to join Cardiff City, on the day I signed, I took my wife and we went up together, we signed together and then we went to London (Mark was moving from Charlton Athletic) to get our stuff getting ready to come back the next day.

“But we woke up in the morning, my wife got a phone call saying that her sister had killed herself.

“With all that going on we still had to go to Cardiff, sign and then move into a hotel.

“My wife never left the hotel room for eight weeks. She was pregnant at the time and lost the baby.

“Both our families knew about it and were affected by it massively, nobody else knew apart from the manager (Dave Jones) at the time who was very helpful, he said anything you need come and speak to me, but apart from that nobody else knew.

“I hugely struggled at the Club at the very beginning and through that season really. It was a big, big problem.

“I felt I couldn’t go into social situations, even at one point I was going to get my hair cut and I felt just cold sweat and just felt clammy and I didn’t really know what it was at the time.

“I have spoken to quite a lot of people since obviously going through that and a lot of people have tried to help me whether that’s just talking, taking me away from the situation, opening up about it, and until you feel comfortable or you can be open about it, which I am now because it is part of my life and who I am now, it’s hugely important not to just suffer on your own.

“It was me and my wife at the time, we were living away, and it was just us. We felt very isolated.

“It wasn’t very nice, but we found people that would connect us and put us in the right place.

“These situations in life do happen to people and it’s hard to open up and find people that you trust and say it's okay to talk; it’s hugely important.”

You can listen to Mark’s story below on #HTTV!

To support those people in our community who are struggling with mental health, the Huddersfield Town Foundation facilitates a Mental Health Football programme that has weekly sessions.

They have supported over 65 people and aim to create a positive atmosphere and a place participants can go to make new friends and develop themselves.

CLICK HERE to find out about the incredible work the Town Foundation do.

If you would like to join or require some more information on the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s Mental Health Football sessions please contact Isaac Keighley on isaac.keighley@htafcfoundation.com.

To find out what else the Town Foundation does in our community follow @htafcfoundation.

The Club also works closely with Andy’s Man’s Club, you can follow them on Twitter @andysmanclubuk.


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