Even those lucky enough not to get infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were still affected indirectly by COVID-19 via mental health damage. Staying at home for long periods of time and having to avoid as much contact with fellow humans as possible to avoid further spread of the disease took a major toll on most minds in the world, and it is still unclear whether there will be long-run (adverse) effects from the prolonged period(s) of isolation we had to endure to avoid the worst.
If there is a positive to take from all this is mental health receiving the spotlight after being neglected by many for such a long time. And the three big London clubs in the Premier League, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, want to further advance the cause by taking part in The Mind Series, which will be a host of pre-season friendlies held by the three clubs to collect funds to support the Mind charity and the clubs’ own foundations.
While building fitness and “testing our mettle” against two of our local rivals will also be beneficial to Chelsea, the major focus here is once again highlighting how important mental health is during the pandemic and how it should remain in the limelight in the long term.
“I am pleased that my first pre-season with Chelsea contains such high-level fixtures against such top-quality opponents. Hopefully there can be plenty of fans in the stadiums.
“Derby matches against Arsenal and Tottenham cannot fail to have a competitive edge, which is what the team needs as we prepare for the season, and knowing the games will benefit charities as important as Mind and our own Foundation adds much value to the series. It is super important that looking after mental health is highlighted at this time in history.”
-Thomas Tuchel; Source: Chelsea FC
The first match will be held on August 1st, with Arsenal hosting the Blues at the Emirates at 15.00 BST. Three days later it will be time for Chelsea to have Tottenham as visitors at Stamford Bridge, with kickoff set to 19.45. The last match will be a North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal at the New White Hart Lane on August 8th, at 14.00.