Message from the Founding Members

In honour of Chris, the Chris Mitchell Foundation was established to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing for players, ex-players and staff working in the Scottish professional football industry.
Chris developed mental health issues, particularly depression and anxiety. Sadly, all the support from his family and friends could not deter him from ending his own life on the 7th May 2016, he was only 27. Great work is already being done within this industry. Professional football clubs are also recognising the importance of the mental health and wellbeing of their players and staff, and some have already publically pledged to work with and support a variety of mental health charities. The Chris Mitchell Foundation aims to build on this, by working collaboratively with these organisations and others, to promote mental health and wellbeing on a national scale. Our three-year strategic plan provides the focus and underpins the groundwork for the inaugural year of the charity and we hope you will join us on our journey to help safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of Scotland’s professional footballers and staff.

Our Mission

The Chris Mitchell Foundation will bring to the forefront the need for the awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the Scottish professional football industry, by sharing knowledge and skills and improve learning, forging cohesive and sustainable partnerships, connecting and supporting service users and campaigning to raise awareness on a national scale.

1. Educating and Enabling >>
2. Connecting and Supporting >>
3. Engaging and Influencing >>

About Chris Mitchell

Chris had attained the age of 27 years at the time of his tragic and untimely death.He was born in Stirling on 21st July 1988 the first son to his parents and a younger brother to his four year old sister.

It was apparent as a toddler Chris had natural footballing ability and during his pre-school years he honed the fundamental skills of the game.
He attended Bridge of Allan Primary School and represented the school football team from year five for the following three years.
In 1999 Chris moved to Dunblane High School to progress his secondary education. He continued with football, which was becoming ever more serious in his life and it was during this period he wished to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer. His sporting life however was not totally dedicated to the “beautiful game” and enjoyed road cycling and was a junior member at Bridge of Allan Golf Club. In 2003, which was to be his last year in education, Chris was selected by Scottish Schools and represented Scotland in that particular year’s Victory Shield competition, which they shared with England school boys after a 1-1 draw at the national stadium, Hampden…

Fundraising and Events

At the Chris Mitchell Foundation we support various different fundraising events and activities. The generosity and support we have received to date is overwhelming and we are extremely grateful for everyone’s efforts to raise funds for us.