In the lead up to World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October, BFCitC took students from its Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project to celebrate World Music Day at the National Football Museum in Manchester recently.
The eleven students, from Unity College, Burnley High School and Shuttleworth College, have been engaging in the Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project since its launch in March 2019. As part of the project, BFCitC placed seven full time Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners in seven local schools, to offer group sessions and one-to-one tailored support to students struggling with issues including confidence, self-esteem and anxiety.
The World Music Day event, held in partnership with BBC Radio Manchester and Transport for Greater Manchester, combined the power of music and football to create a fantastic occasion, offering the feel-good factor to everybody in attendance.
As part of the celebrations the students enjoyed a tour of the museum and performances from Manchester artists including Fuzzy Sun and Aitch.
The group were then invited to take part in a workshop led by musician Daniel McDwyer and joined a choir rendition of New Order’s famous World in Motion, which was performed live on BBC Radio Manchester alongside singer Rowetta.
Sam, a student from Burnley High School said: “I wasn’t a Burnley fan, but after I worked with Burnley FC in the Community on the Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project and got all this help with my motivation and self-confidence, I can now say I am a big fan because of how much the charity has helped me at school.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet Ben Mee and now I am here doing this, it’s great – I love it. I am now a Burnley fan because of that and all the help I have had.”
Abby Turner, BFCitC’s Head of Health and Wellbeing said: “The visit to the National Football Museum has been fantastic, the students and staff have really enjoyed it.
“As a charity we are committed to supporting the students we engage with on the Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project and raising awareness of the importance of speaking openly and honestly about mental health.
“The event has had a real ‘feel good’ feeling about it, all the music, activities, there has been lots for the students to get involved in. Students such as Sam have needed support with confidence and self-esteem in the past. He was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester, for him to speak live on air was a huge achievement and shows how far he has come. We’re all very proud of him.”
The three-year funded, Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project, is supported by the Premier League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, Burnley Borough Council and East Lancashire CCG, and aims to support young people with their mental wellbeing.
Since March 2019, the schools involved in the project have reported seeing a significant improvement in the students engaged in the project. Within a six-week period between March to April 2019, 176 students were supported, with 914 hours of support delivered. 15.69% of students expressed an improvement in their mood, there was a 7.84% decrease in self-harm and 9.8% said they were having fewer negative thoughts.
To find out more about the Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project click here or contact Head of Health and Wellbeing, Abby Turner on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01282 704 716.