On Monday, the actors of hit Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso made an appearance at the White House. Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Toheeb Jimoh all had a White House press briefing. The focus for their visit was not just as their characters. Instead, the crew was there to discuss mental health awareness.
During the State of the Union address, President Biden stated that mental health was part of his focus. While the White House later released ideas for how to better the mental health of the American population, the cast of Ted Lasso’s appearance in the White House at the least provided some relatability.
On one hand, it is enjoyable for fans of the show to see five members of the cast. In fact, there was a guest appearance from Trent Crimm, the fictional reporter from The Independent. However, the more significant takeaway from their appearance at the White House is that of mental health.
In the Ted Lasso show, Lasso deals with mental health issues based on separation from his family, for example. As a result, Sudeikis said during his White House speech that a big theme of the show Ted Lasso is to have everybody check in. He said that, despite different political allegiances, mental health is something that affects us all someone close to us.
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Ted Lasso talk at White House is sign of bigger picture
While Ted Lasso may be the collective favorite show of soccer fans in the United States, Sudeikis’s comments on mental health paint a picture of soccer taking a heavier stance on the issue.
Domestically, look no farther than USL Championship side Sacramento Republic FC. The sleeve patch on the club’s kits now promotes the 988 hotline. This number is the national suicide and crisis lifeline.
Elsewhere, including in the Premier League where AFC Richmond is in a fictional world, clubs and leagues are putting an emphasis on mental health.
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