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Mental Health Awareness Week

Man City and NHS link up to boost mental health support

11 May 2021
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Club to expand their mental health programme for children and young adults in Greater Manchester

This Mental Health Awareness Week, the Premier League is highlighting positive wellbeing activities, stories and resources to raise awareness of mental health and support fans with information that can benefit them.

Manchester City

A new partnership between Manchester City's charitable arm, City in the Community (CITC), and the NHS will deliver enhanced mental wellbeing support for participants aged 14 to 25.

"In Manchester, the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health was highlighted as a major concern amongst carers and parents," says CITC senior operations officer Lisa McKay.

"To help combat this, we launched a new programme earlier this year with a specific focus on harnessing the power of football to provide additional mental wellbeing awareness and support for our existing participants.

"This invaluable relationship with the NHS will enable us to build on our current curriculum and offer young people additional mental health support as soon as they need it."

In conjunction with the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the "Manchester Thrive" (MThrive) programme aims to support young people and families to promote good mental health and allow quicker access to specialist support.

Emphasis is placed on early intervention, prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.

The CAMHS also hopes to place a full-time practitioner directly within the CITC team supported by the RMCH.

Also in this series

Part 1: PL Primary Stars helping children look after mental health
Part 2: Man Utd Foundation inspiring children to discuss mental wellbeing
Part 3: Ward-Prowse: Getting out is so important for mental health
Part 5: How Norwich helped David set his own ambitions
Part 6: Southampton campaign supports fans' mental wellbeing
Part 7: Davies: We should all reach out to help others
Part 8: Sounds of a matchday boost Newcastle fans
Part 9: How Liverpool inspired Grace to help her school's mental health
Part 10: McNeil: Team walks have a positive effect
Part 11: Aston Villa encouraging fans to keep on running

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