Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Celtic Football Club will unite in memory of Devin Gordon on Wednesday night.
13-year-old Devin, a passionate Hearts supporter, tragically lost his life last week. His mum, Jen, is a much-loved member of staff at Tynecastle.
Football was a massive part of Devin’s life and Hearts and Celtic players will warm up in FC United to Prevent Suicide jerseys prior to Wednesday night’s cinch Premiership fixture at Tynecastle. FC United is a social movement of people from across Scotland, united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide.
Both clubs have come together to encourage people to talk, listen and help save lives. We ask any supporters of any club to talk to someone if they do not feel ok and will be sharing resources and contact numbers via club channels.
Robbie Neilson, Heart of Midlothian FC Manager, said:
“We were all shocked and saddened to learn the devastating news about young Devin. Our thoughts are very much with his mum Jen, family and friends.
“We can all get better at talking and listening to each other. If you’re experiencing difficulties or know of someone who you believe may be, please reach out and speak. One small conversation can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”
Celtic Manager Ange Postecoglou added:
“The loss of Devin at such a young age in these circumstances is an absolute tragedy and the sincere thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Club are with Devin’s mum Jen and the wider family.
“Too often we are seeing people of all ages lost to suicide and while we understand that we all face very different moments and challenges in our lives we just want to encourage all people to think about having that conversation and using that support which can make such a difference.”
Kirstie Cusick, United to Prevent Suicide Social Movement Development Manager said:
"Following the devastating news about Devin we send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. To anyone who is experiencing difficulties, please reach out to talk whether it is a friend, family, colleague or a helpline. Talking and listening can help save lives, and we'd like to thank Heart of Midlothian and Celtic for coming together with the football community to help spread that message."
The following services offer confidential support from trained staff and volunteers. You can talk about anything that is troubling you, no matter how difficult:
- Samaritans are there to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it’s always free to call from any landline or mobile phone. Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email email@example.com
- Call 111 to talk to NHS 24’s mental health hub
- Call 0800 83 85 87 to talk to Breathing Space or go to their website for more info about their webchat service. The service is open 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday) and 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
- Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, text “YM” if you are under 19.