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Jordan Pickford reveals psychologist helped improve form, mentality and become more mature

Jordan Pickford reveals a psychologist helped improve his form, mentality and become a more mature person on and off the pitch.

The Everton keeper has revealed how getting putting his past struggles behind him has helped take his game to another level ahead of the World Cup with England.

Pickford, who has 45 caps to his name for the Three Lions so far and shone during their last two major tournament appearances, is expected to keep the No 1 shirt in Qatar.

This comes off the back of earning good reviews for his performances at club level this season, and he feels he’s on the best form of his career.

That he puts it down to the help of a psychologist who has been working him with since the 2019/20 campaign.

“I always want to be the best Jordan Pickford I can be,” he told Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett in an in-depth interview.

“I put a lot of hard work in on and off the field to become the best.

“I work with a psychologist, I get myself in the best physical condition I can be, then the goalkeeping takes care of itself.

“I feel over the last two years, I’ve been in the best mindset and I’ve definitely knuckled down more, improved and had more consistency.

“I feel like I’m only getting better now at my age.”

The 28 year old took it upon himself to get help from a psychologist during a period of poor form with Everton, when his performances saw him get criticised on a regular basis.

He feels he has “changed as a person” as a result, allowing him to perform with composure as well as his characteristic passion.

“It was my idea,” he added. “My agent had mentioned it years ago but I always felt it was down to me to say it, and it was me who made the phone call.

“I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t in the best form. It was about, ‘how can I become better? How can I improve myself and get back to that level?’.

“The passion will always be there. I was born with that passion. But talking to the psychologist, it’s about composure with passion.

“I feel I’ve been in very good form for Everton over the last couple of years.

“I did have a bad spell in 2019/20, but no one is perfect. It’s about how you come back from your downs and your bad games. I feel like I’ve done that.

“I’ve changed as a person and I’ve got better over time.”

Pickford has been supported by England manager Gareth Southgate, who has consistently backed him at senior level and knows him well from his time working with the country’s youth teams.

“A few weeks ago, when I was injured, he rang me.

“I wanted to go and be part of the squad [for the Nations League games against Italy and Germany] but he just said, ‘get your head down, get ready for the World Cup and get back for Everton’.

“I think he knows what I’m capable of and I’ll always remember when I was in the U17s, in the Euros semi-final, the gaffer being at the game in Serbia.

“He’s always stood by me, but I also feel like I’ve always given my all. I always graft and give 100 per cent every time I’m away with the national team.”

On England will going to Qatar with more pressure: “At the Russia World Cup, there wasn’t much expectation. Now there is expectation and every game is crucial.

“Ourselves, as a group of lads, the belief is going to be there. We know want we want. We want to go all the way and win it.

“You’ve got to beat the best teams to win it. There’s no denying it’s going to be tough. But we have that belief in ourselves to go as far as we can in the tournament.”

Speaking last week, Everton head coach Frank Lampard praised Pickford’s new-found maturity and praised his leadership in the team dressing room.

“I have worked closely with him and Alan Kelly, our goalkeeping coach. He’s a really good sounding board for him in terms of the work he delivers,” said Lampard.

“When you speak to people around the training ground, you can see there’s a real sense of maturity that Jordan has taken on board.

“He’s a leader within the group without a doubt. I can see a calmness and a confidence in him and that means he can affect other people positively which is a huge plus as a goalkeeper.

“He’s a relatively young goalkeeper so it’s a big plus that he is very, very complete in terms of his game.”

As Jordan Pickford reveals a psychologist helped improve his form, mentality and become more mature, here’ some mental health and depression helplines if you need some help. Talking always helps in some way.



The site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.

Royal College of Psychiatrists 

Anxiety, panic attacks & trauma

Mental Health


This leaflet is for anyone who is, or has been depressed. We hope it will also be helpful for friends and relatives.  It describes what depression feels like, some of the help that is available, how you can help yourself and how to help someone else who is depressed. It also mentions some of the things we don’t know about depression. At the end of the leaflet there is a list of other places where you can get further information.

MindMindInfoline:  0300 123 3393


Coronavirus and your wellbeing


Side by side – on-line support community

The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues.  Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.


Text Shout to 85258


Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

RETHINKHelpline:  0300 5000 927 www.rethink.org

Working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Time to Change


Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.  Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.

Be Mindful


Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.  Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.  Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

Bi-Polar UK


Peer Support

BiPolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.  

SanelineHelpline not operating at the moment but leave a message on 07984 967 708

Or email support@sane.org.uk and you will be contacted as soon as possiblewww.sane.org.uk

SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.


Helpline:  0800 11 11


ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.  You can contact ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small.  If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. 

Young MindsHelpline:  0808 802 5544www.youngminds.org.uk 

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Talking to your child about coronavirusParents’ Information Service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person.



Kooth.com is an online counselling service and online mental health community that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems.  Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.  

The Mix

Helpline:  0808 808 4994




Mental Health

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.  So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  Because you can.  Because you’re awesome.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

PapyrusHOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141www.papyrus-uk.org 

Worried about someone…Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.



stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.  This is primarily provided digitally through our innovative education programme, pioneering mental health apps, clinically-informed website and mental health conferences that contribute to helping young people and those around them flourish.

Students Against Depressionwww.studentdepression.org Developed in consultation with students who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. Many of their stories and suggestions are included on the site.

Campaign Against Living MiserablyHelpline:  0800 58 58 58www.thecalmzone.net The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis.  CALM’s helpline 0800 58 58 58 and web-chat are for men in the UK who need to talk or find information and support. The services are open 5pm–midnight daily and are free, anonymous and confidential. For access or to find more information visit thecalmzone.net

SOS Silence of Suicide

For support call:  0300 1020 505 (midday to midnight daily)

We support everyone affected by suicide, whether they be bereaved, having thoughts of suicide, or have attempted suicide.  Everyone is vulnerable, especially right now when the world as we know it has changed, bringing mental health fragilities to those who have never before experienced them and an escalation of poor mental health for vulnerable people who were already struggling.  The shame, stigma and silence that surrounds not just suicide, but mental health generally, is something we are passionate about changing.  No one should feel judged.  No one should feel awkward.  No one should feel isolated, we will continue to support everyone and anyone who needs our help.

Depression UK


The mission of Depression UK is to promote mutual support between individuals affected by or at risk from depression, with the aim of encouraging self help, recovery and personal growth.   We believe our members are helped when they share their problems with fellow sufferers, because they understand, better than any non-depressed professional or carer can ever do, what it really feels like to suffer from depression. These members can then share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, disappointments and successes, and in so doing offer mutual support to each other.

OvercomeDepression.co.uk www.overcomedepression.co.uk  

Offers a unique and clear reference point on depression help and advice from experts in the field.

Samaritans Tel:  116 123 (Free)

www.samaritans.org  Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help 24 hours a day.  We won’t judge you and we won’t share what you tell us with anyone else.  Get in touch by telephoneemailletter andface to face in the UK andIreland.  Visit befrienders.org if you live outside the UK or Ireland.

The Mental Health Foundation


Coronavirus – How to look after your mental health

Visiting your GP 

Depression Leaflet

We believe it is important to involve the people who use mental health services and their carers in our work. We want to support them to have their say on the way that services are run, as well as to use their experiences to inform our thinking.

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