The AFC Fylde Community Foundation are currently running an innovative mental health programme for children across the Fylde Coast.

The Foundation are the only provider in Lancashire to deliver the ground-breaking programme and, although still early days, it is already seeing encouraging results.

The Foundation recently marked Mental Health Awareness week by visiting multiple schools across the Fylde Coast to deliver the project to Year 5 pupils.

The programme focuses on increasing a child’s awareness of the importance of good mental health through various different activities building on strengthening resilience, improving knowledge of coping strategies and working on critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

Foundation Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Nathan Davies is delighted with the successful feedback that his team are seeing. He said: “The mental health programme is a perfect opportunity to raise children’s awareness on real life issues.

“It’s an incredibly rewarding project because we are really able to see the positive impact this is having on the young children. More and more people are starting to talk about the importance of good mental as well as physical health which is very important, especially with young people who might struggle to be able to express their feelings and feel isolated or scared as a result.

“I am confident the Foundation’s programme will continue to get stronger and stronger and we will go on to experience great results and see an improvement in the wellbeing of all the children involved.”

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