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Tony Adams MBE, the most successful Arsenal FC Captain of all time, ex-England Captain, and the only player in English football history to have captained a title-winning team in three different decades, will be joining Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, President of the RSM Psychiatry Section, for a conversation about his 22-year football career at Arsenal FC, the pressure of representing your country in elite sporting competitions, his experiences with alcoholism and the Sporting Chance Clinic, and how he was inspired by his own emotional and mental health issues and created SIX MHS (SIX Mental Health Solutions), a mental and physical therapies organisation that helps businesses support their employee needs through education and support.
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Tony spent his entire 22-year playing career at Arsenal FC and is the most successful Arsenal Captain of all time - winning four top flight division titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and three FA Community Shields. He is also included in the Football League 100 Legends, and a statue honouring Tony was unveiled at The Emirates Stadium on 9 December 2011.
Tony made his debut for England against Spain at the Bernabeu in 1987 and played in Euro 88, 96, and 2000 as well as the 1998 World Cup finals. Tony has played 59 times at Wembley, a Wembley appearance record, and he is the last England player to score at the old Wembley Stadium, against Ukraine on 31 May 2000.
Tony captained England through the Euro 96 campaign when England reached the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Germany. In total, he won 66 caps for his country and has been awarded an MBE for Services to Football.
In September 2000, because of his own experiences with alcoholism, Tony founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, a charity that provides treatment, counselling, education, confidential help and support for current and former professional sportspeople experiencing difficulties with addictive disorders, alcohol, gambling and substance misuse.
Following 20 years with the Sporting Chance Clinic, Tony decided to replicate the successful template of education, and mental and physical therapies and offer them to a wider, non-sporting, audience and created SIX MHS to do so. He realised that, although currently there is a lot of “noise” around mental health, most businesses struggle to understand, support, and treat appropriately their employees suffering from mental health issues. These are not “just” depression and stress, but addiction, grief, and anxiety and now, more than ever, isolation.
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