Abusive chants ‘unacceptable’ says charity

Following reports of Peterhead FC player David Cox receiving abuse from rival fans, See Me and SAMH have called for action to be taken against anyone who discriminates against a player because of their mental health.

Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: “Speaking out about your mental health can be a difficult step, particularly for someone like David Cox who is in the public eye.

“This type of discrimination is completely unacceptable, it can be highly damaging and is a clear example of why so many people feel they can’t speak out if they are struggling with their mental health.

“Stigma and discrimination can make people who are mentally unwell feel worse.

“It can stop them asking for help and ultimately could be the difference between life and death. No one should be made to feel ashamed to speak out about their mental health problems.

“We fully support David’s brave decision to speak publically and welcome the support he has received from his club, fellow players and fans.

“See Me is urging clubs and governing bodies to take strong action against anyone who abuses a player because of their mental health and for real fans to support anyone who going through these difficulties,” she added.