The FA are currently working with Heads Together - a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – on the ‘Heads up’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health in football.
For Rutter, coaches must put themselves in the shoes of their players and ensure the health and wellbeing of each member of their squad is a priority.
“I think it’s important that every player knows that it’s ok not to be ok.
“The environment that I want to create when I’m working with players is nice and open. I want them to be able to approach me and tell me ‘I’ve got something going on at home’ or ‘I’m not feeling too good today’
“It’s so important that first and foremost, their health and wellbeing is taken care of.
“Now playing sport itself helps that - which is absolutely brilliant. But when players are away from home - they might be missing home, missing their dog, I don’t know - it’s important that their mental health is taken of.
“I’m glad it’s [mental health and football] in the media now and I’m glad that people are talking about it.”
The Boot Room will be publishing articles supporting the campaign throughout the 2019/20 season.