Soccer club project is targeting schools

AFC FyldeCommunity Foundation has joined with  NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group to pilot  a mental health awareness programme
AFC FyldeCommunity Foundation has joined with NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group to pilot a mental health awareness programme

Families and schoolchildren across the Fylde are being offered mental health education thanks to the local soccer club.

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation is piloting a new mental health education and support project with NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group.

They will work alongside nearly 200 children, young people and families in communities, including Lytham, St Annes and Freckleton, to teach them about different aspects of mental health issues- and how they can tackle or avoid it.

The Get On Board Mental Health Programme will see Health and wellbeing officers from the Foundation delivering a six week pilot programe.

It is starting with Lytham CE Primary, Mayfield Primary School and Freckleton Strike Lane Primary schools.

Session will cover a range of subjects, such as what mental health is, how to identify mental health issues and show tham how diet and physical exercise plays an important part in mental wellbeing.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “Improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is a priority for the CCG.”

The Foundation will also provide intervention support for families and children referred by their school for further support.

Tom Hutton, director of community development at the AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “We are so excited to deliver the pilot for this programme, which we hope will change attitudes towards mental health issues in the area and beyond.”