Mental Health: Forward Thinking – Delivering the Strategy
- 08:30 - 16:45
- America Square Conference Centre, London
Clarke is a radio and television presenter and former professional footballer. He has authored two documentaries, Football’s Suicide Secret and the critically acclaimed documentary “Is Football Racist?” for the BBC; his first book about his career A Footballer’s Life was published by Simon & Schuster.
Widely regarded as one of the most eloquent professional footballers, the former PFA Chairman, Clarke was the first current professional footballer to appear on the BBC’s Question Time.
Clarke retired at the end of the 2012-2013 season after making over 500 appearances at senior level. He experienced the very highs of professional sport. He won promotion with both Blackpool and Burnley, and represented his country. However, in 2001 Clarke suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury which sidelined him for a year, nearly ending his career and he has fought a well documented battle with depression and suicide. He recently established the The Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis.
Clarke is an ambassador for the mental health charity Mind and the Premier League Kick It Out Campaign which promotes inclusion and equality in football.