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#MentalHealthMatters at Man City game

6 February 2018

Saturday’s Burnley v Manchester City fixture saw Burnley FC in the Community raise awareness of mental health through the #MentalHealthMatters campaign.

#MentalHealthMatters aims to give a clear message of the importance of looking after your mental health and valuing it as much as you would physical health.

Approximately one in four people in Burnley will experience a dip in their mental health this year, with Burnley FC in the Community working hard to offer a variety of programmes to help tackle this statistic.

On the day, there was a special editorial piece in the matchday programme highlighting the five steps to improve your mental wellbeing.

The Burnley FC first team players also threw their support behind the campaign starring in a promotional video that was played on the big screen at half time and the squad warmed up in specially printed #MentalHealthMatters t-shirts.

Burnley FC in the Community and Manchester City Community mental health teams recently played a fixture at the Etihad stadium, with the City team making the journey to Turf Moor to watch the game and take part in a group photo pitch side.

Burnley FC in the Community’s Health department offer a number of programmes, through the vehicle of Active Clarets, that help you to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Active Clarets works closely with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire County Council and the Premier League in a bid to utilise the power of football and Burnley FC to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Burnley and the surrounding areas.

To help achieve the five ways to wellbeing including ‘Get active’ and ‘Connect’, BFCitC offer Walking Football sessions to not only encourage participants to get active but also offer the chance to meet and connect with new people.

BFCitC's free Healthy Weight Management Programmes for both men and women can help participants to improve their overall state of health and lose weight.

Finally, in association with the Royal British Legion, BFCitC also host weekly social sessions for Veterans, offering attendees the chance to connect with other Veterans and engage with the BFCitC Health team.

To find out more information on how BFCitC’s variety of Health programmes can help you to look after your mental wellbeing, click here, or alternatively contact Health and Wellbeing Manager, Abby Turner on 01282 704 716,

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