New charity honours Scots footballer who took own life
Former Falkirk FC player Chris Mitchell struggled with the transition into a normal job.
The family of a former Falkirk FC player who took his own life weeks after quitting professional football have set up a foundation in his name.
Chris Mitchell, who spent 12 years playing at clubs across the UK, died in May last year at the age of 27.
The Stirling-born player struggled with the transition into a normal job after quitting Clyde FC, a problem his family believe may be widespread.
His father Philip said: "Christopher's deterioration was there in front of us. We all know because of what's happened but we didn't see that at the time.
"We provided for Christopher the best that we could but it was professional help that was needed."
His family have now set up the Chris Mitchell Foundation to provide mental health support to footballers.
Its long-term aim is to train two mental health first-aiders for every professional club in Scotland, including the Highland and Lowland leagues and the Scottish Women's Premier League.
If you have been affected by this story you can find out more about the Chris Mitchell Foundation here or contact Samaritans on 116 123.