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PFA Scotland recently launche the PFA Scotland Wellbeing Fund. Over the years, the players union has spearheaded campaigns relating to a variety of issues which affect their members including Mental Health and Gambling.

Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, Fraser Wishart, said: "We have had a number of initiatives aimed at educating and helping our members in their lives both on and off the pitch. The welfare of our members is of paramount importance to us and it's become clear that more and more players are needing our help for a number of issues, be it mental health, gambling or their general health."

"It is a big responsibility and comes with a number of implications, not least of which is financial. We want to provide the best service possible to our members so we decided to form the Wellbeing Fund to help us provide on-going expert advice and counselling for our members."

The first event to raise money for the Wellbeing Fund will be a special dinner at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 14th November. Former Scotland stars James McFadden, Kenny Miller and Stephen McManus will join guests for a dinner and a pre-match Q&A session before watching the Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland on giant screens. There will also be an auction.

As PFA Scotland's members wellbeing is crucial to everything the PFA does, money raised at the dinner will be split between the Wellbeing Fund and Jordan Moore – the Dundee United starlet who beat skin cancer and has set up his own fundraising charity to raise money to help in the fight against the killer disease.

PFA Scotland has played a prominent role in addressing mental health issues. Queen of the South forward Iain Russell was the face of PFA Scotland's 'Mind Games' film where he spoke out about his own personal issues and he is urging everyone to give their support to the new initiative.

Russell: "PFA Scotland were there for me during some troubling times and I would encourage any player experiencing issues to approach them. The help and support I got from them has been invaluable and I think the Wellbeing Fund is a great idea."

Chief Executive Wishart added: "More and more players are coming forward with off-the-field issues like mental health and gambling addiction."

Wishart mentions David Cox, a 25-year old Peterhead forward who recently admitted in the Daily Record (click for the article) that he had attempted suicide only last month.

"David bravely came out to talk about his problems and he is a prime example. He's not a high-profile player but the reaction to David on social media and texts has been fantastic from players the length and breadth of the country."

"His story has been going on for years and my colleague Stuart Lovell has been a rock for him through his problems. But there are others, although maybe not as acute. They need counselling from professionals and funds from this event will pay for that."

More information

To book a table – or for more information – contact Michelle Evans at PFA Scotland on +44 (0)7796 171490 or email michelle@pfascotland.co.uk.

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