To mark Children’s Mental Health Week from Monday 5 February to Sunday 11 February, Manchester City’s charity, City in the Community (CITC), has released a new video.

The video showcases participants from the charity’s ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ and ‘City Careers’ programmes*, all promoting the message of speaking to someone if you don’t feel OK.

Community Mentoring Manager, Jason El-Kaleh, said: “This video shows the considerable impact that support networks can have on a young person’s mental health. 

“Promoting help-seeking behaviour is paramount when supporting young people, as early intervention when experiencing poor mental health can directly influence recovery.”

CITC’s mental health provision is split into two areas, City Thrive and Primary Care Networks (PCN).

The PCN mentoring programme, in partnership with the NHS, CAMHS RMCH, is for young people aged between 8-18 that present with mild to moderate mental health needs. 

The mentoring offer involves 8-10 weeks of one-to-one mentoring, providing support and guidance to achieve a positive mental health outcome for each young person.

City Thrive, which is now in partnership with the NHS, has been delivered by CITC since 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme aims to promote positive mental health for young people aged 7-18.

Sessions harness the power of football to normalise stigmatised conversations around mental health subjects through a mixture of educational workshops and one-to-one mentoring.

A dedicated team developed a mental health curriculum, combining specially adapted football sessions with one-to-one mentoring and group workshops on mental health awareness to improve mental wellbeing.

If you have been impacted by any of the content in this post and wish to reach out, please contact your GP for further support.

City in the Community empowers healthier lives with city youth through football.

To find out more, visit or follow the charity on social media @CITCmancity.

*Participants were selected at random to take part in this video, with permission from schools and guardians, and don’t specifically take part in City Thrive and PCN mentoring.