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Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health is a new BBC documentary featuring Prince William airing on BBC One at 8.05pm tonight (Thursday, May 28). Here’s everything you need to know about the programme, including when it was filmed for the channel.
When was Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health filmed?
Prince William will front a new documentary examining mental health on the BBC tonight (May 28)
This will air on BBC One just after the weekly Clap for Carers initiative at 8pm.
The new film focuses on men’s mental health through the lens of football.
In order to tell this story, the documentary follows Prince William as he meets some famous faces in football.
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Filming of the show took place over the course of a year and first began with the 2019 BBC One film A Royal Team Talk.
Viewers may remember this saw Prince William having a candid conversation about the importance of men’s mental health and mental fitness with some well-known footballers.
The new documentary features Prince William meeting with players, fans and managers to take the conversation of mental health to football.
Part of this involves telling stories of various men who have experienced or are experiencing mental health struggles.
This includes the former England goalkeeper Joe Hart who reveals his struggles with the decline in his career on a very public stage.
However, the film also features a number of grassroots footballers as well, including a group of bereaved fathers who use their local football team as a support network.
Other famous faces set to appear in the film include former footballer Marvin Sordell who speaks about his depression.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard also tells Prince William how he struggled to speak about mental health as a player.
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In a clip for the show, Sordell is seen speaking to Prince William about becoming a dad for the first time while struggling with his mental health.
In response, the royal confided about the difficulty he had losing his mother Diana, Princess of Wales at a young age.
He said: “When you’ve been through something traumatic in life, and that is as you say your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds.
“Because it’s a very different phase of life and there’s no one there to help you.
“And I definitely found it at times very overwhelming. Me and Catherine particularly we support each other.
“We go through those moments together and we evolve and learn together.”
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Sordell also appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about the upcoming documentary as well.
The former footballer revealed how his depression was so bad he even attempted suicide.
He said: “I’ve been very open about that experience and my whole experience with depression and a suicide attempt as well.
“Because I think it’s very important that you can see that you can overcome it, that you can get to a better place.”
Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health airs on BBC One at 8.05pm tonight.
For support on any issues related to suicide, call the Samaritans in the UK 116 123.
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