CommunityBradley and Kelleher surprise school children at LFC Foundation session

By Liverpool FC


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Conor Bradley and Caoimhin Kelleher recently surprised children at New Park Primary School, where LFC Foundation was delivering a session on mental health.

The Liverpool players were able to inspire the children through a Q&A session about mental health, talking about challenges they have faced themselves and how they overcame them, before joining in fun activities with the children.

Breaking the stigma around mental health is essential in early development, with half of mental health issues developed by the age of 14. LFC Foundation’s Sound Minds and On Target programmes help to support young people with their mental health and provide them with the information they need.

Kelleher said: “It’s important for kids to know from an early age how important mental health is and especially for them to be happy and to have a good education and learn about it.”

Bradley added: “Sport is a big part of helping mental health, being able to get out of the house and for the kids to learn about it at such a young age is really good and hopefully that continues.”

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Matt Parish, chief executive of LFC Foundation, said: “Mental health is such an important topic for people of all ages but particularly in young people and so to have two of our young men’s first team players attend one of our sessions is fantastic.

“The children look up to both Conor and Caoimhin as role models and for them to hear them talk about mental health is very powerful.”

Sound Minds helps young people enhance their knowledge around mental health through music, art, drama, and physical movement, while On Target works with young people to educate, inform, and develop core skills in managing their mental health.

The programme tackles three key aspects of mental health: lack of understanding around mental health, breaking down stigma and access to services, and building up resilience skills in young people.

These mental health programmes are just two of the many educational programmes run by LFC Foundation as it continues to try to change the lives of young people across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

You can help support LFC Foundation’s work in our communities by getting your ticket for the upcoming legends game at Anfield, with the funds raised from the game going to LFC Foundation to help it to continue its incredible work and help it to support even more people in the future.

Tickets are available to purchase online here, while disabled supporters can visit the Accessibility Hub for full details.



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