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Beth is just one of the pupils in Lancashire who has benefited from Burnley FC in the Community's Schools' Mental Wellbeing Project.

Burnley student Beth with the Duke of Cambridge at a Heads Up event

Beth, a Year 11 pupil at West Craven High School in Lancashire, is one of hundreds of young people being supported by Burnley FC in the Community's Schools' Mental Wellbeing Project.

It gives pupils at seven secondary schools across the region access to a full-time psychologist who can support them with their mental health.

"Had I not received the help I needed I would not be able to stay in lessons and some days would not be able to attend school at all," said Beth, who has been assisted by psychological wellbeing practitioner Katy Westwell.

"We've worked together on developing strategies which have helped me to attend school on a full-time basis."

As part of the Premier League’s support of this year’s Heads Up campaign on mental health, Beth and Katy were invited to London to share their story at an event with the Duke of Cambridge.

"I would definitely say to young people that, should they need to, have the confidence to speak to an adult," says Beth.

"Anxiety and depression should not be seen as a weakness."

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