About Us

Many individuals dealing with mental health say that the discrimination they face is often worse than the illness itself. To make matters more difficult, this stigma acts as a barrier in stopping the same people from getting involved in sports and activities.

To tackle this, Time To Change Wales and Football Association Wales Trust decided to get together to use their skills for what they do best. The result? We Wear The Same Shirt: A unique pilot football programme designed specifically for people with lived experience of mental health, and a public campaign to combat the ever-present stigma.

9 out of 10 people

with mental health
problems experience
stigma and discrimination


In any one year 1 in 4 individuals will experience a mental health problem or illness and, at any one time, 1 in 6 of the workforce will face these challenges. With mental health considered by many as a taboo subject, discrimination prevents people from talking about their problems and seeking the help they need. Tragically, suicide is the biggest killer for men under 50 in Wales. It’s time to take action, it’s Time To Change!

You can help us create a society where mental health problems are not hidden in shame or secrecy. Join our team by signing your own pledge to tackle mental health stigma.

With physical activity being a proven factor to improving mental health, We Wear The Same Shirt serves as a lifeline for those in need of improving their wellbeing. Our participating clubs are delivering tailored programmes by their top coaches, and for free, thanks to Sports Wales funding.

If you have been diagnosed, or consider yourself to have a mental health condition and are from the Merthyr or Newtown (from Autumn 2015), or Newport or Wrexham areas (from Autumn 2016) then click here to be our latest We Wear The Same Shirt signing.


FAW Wales

The Football Association of Wales are working in partnership with Time To Change Wales in order to deliver both a comprehensive football training programme for people suffering from mental health issues and a nationwide campaign in order to combat the stigma against mental health and raise awareness of issues…

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Merthyr Town F.C.

“Negative attitudes toward mental illness are a major issue in Merthyr, and by being involved in the programme we can have a positive immediate impact on someone’s life. Nobody in Merthyr has put themselves forward to try and tackle the stigma, so we’ve been really happy to get involved with this!”

Elliott Evans, Community Development Officer
Merthyr Town F.C.

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Newtown A.F.C.

“With 1 in 4 people living with a mental health condition, we want to make sure that Newtown A.F.C. is supporting its fans and community.”

Owen Durbridge, Club Secretary
Newtown A.F.C.

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Wrexham A.F.C.

Wrexham Association Football Club was formed in 1864, meaning it is the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football team in the world. Since August 2011 Wrexham have been a supporter-owned football club and currently compete in the National League, the fifth tier of English Football.

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Newport County A.F.C.

Newport County Association Football Club was originally founded in 1912. The club currently plays in League 2 of the English Football League, the fourth tier of English football.

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