In Manchester, the long-term impact of the Coronavirus crisis on children's mental health has been highlighted as a major concern amongst parents and carers.
Physical activity, including football, can play an important role in improving the mental health and well-being of young people. Benefits include improved mood due to the hormones released by exercising, better sleep, managing stress and anxiety, improved self-esteem and connecting with other people.
This project will support young people in their recovery by embedding mental health awareness and understanding across all existing City in the Community projects targeting participants aged 14-25 years old. A mental health curriculum group will be developed, and project staff will be trained to have the knowledge they need to identify and support participants, referring them for further help if required. Young Leaders will play an active role in supporting the delivery of the curriculum in schools and community events, as well as providing a peer-to-peer support network for participants of a similar age.
This project will be delivered by City in the Community in Manchester.