Priory teams up with Sky Sports for Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 18th May 2023

  • Priory mental health expert to appear on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday as part of a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson and Sky Sports Reporter Abigail Davies discuss their mental health journeys, with Priory Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Ed Burns
  • Merson, a former Arsenal and England footballer, was once a Priory patient
  • Reporter Abigail Davies has also battled mental health challenges
  • Moving conversation will be aired on Sky Sport’s Soccer Saturday programme on Saturday 20 May

Priory has teamed up with Sky Sports to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2023.

Dr Ed Burns, Consultant Psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Roehampton, was filmed in conversation with Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson and Sky Sports reporter Abigail Davies, exploring their mental health journeys.

Merson, a former England footballer, was a Priory patient and has spoken openly about his mental health and addiction battles. He shared his story with Davies, a reporter on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday programme, who has experienced anorexia and other mental health challenges.

The moving, and intimate, conversation with Dr Burns was filmed at Priory Hospital Roehampton, one of the country’s leading rehab facilities for mental health conditions, addictions and eating disorders.

The conversation, filmed for Sky Sports’ flagship Soccer Saturday programme, will be broadcast on Saturday 20 May.

Priory is the UK’s leading independent provider of mental health and addiction rehabilitation services.

Dr Burns said: “Paul Merson and Abigail Davies share incredibly powerful and moving stories and are strong advocates of seeking out support to manage mental health issues. As Paul says in the film, anyone can suffer from a mental health crisis, so it is vital that everyone understands the signs of a problem, and knows where to seek help. For most people, the first point of call should be your GP, or emergency services if you are in crisis. The earlier you can start to recognise the problem and seek support the better.”

Priory offers free guidance on mental health concerns and options for treatment where appropriate via 0330 056 6020 or make an enquiry. For guidance on where to turn in a mental health crisis, visit our dedicated crisis support page.



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About Priory and MEDIAN

Priory is the UK’s leading independent provider of mental health services. We treat more than 70 conditions, including depression, anxiety, addictions and eating disorders, as well as children’s mental health, across our nationwide network of sites. We also support autistic adults and adults with a learning disability, Prader-Willi Syndrome and brain injuries, as well as older people, within our specialist residential care and supported living facilities – helping as many people as possible to live their lives.

Priory is part of the MEDIAN Group, one of Europe’s leading providers of high quality mental health and rehabilitation services. The MEDIAN Group comprises 290 facilities with 5,000 beds caring for 28,000 people in the UK, 120 facilities with 20,000 beds caring for around 250,000 patients in Germany, and 15 facilities with 2,000 beds caring for 13,000 people in Spain, with more than 29,000 employees overall.

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