On World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10th October, we were pleased to run a workshop for young people from North West London to discuss mental health.

Together with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), we were joined by a selection of young people and kindly hosted by the Chelsea FC Foundation at Stamford Bridge.

We ran a workshop exploring issues which young people face today, the different ways they can be supported, and what mental health can mean to different individuals. The workshop was designed to help us inform the service young people receive, not only at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, but the whole of North West London. We were then treated to a stadium tour which everyone really enjoyed.

Sisa Moyo, Deputy Service Director CAMHS & EDS at Collingham Child and Family Centre, said: “Thank you for organising for some of the North West London young people to celebrate the World Mental Health Day at Chelsea Football Club. The young people thoroughly enjoyed contributing to what may shape mental health services for young people in the local area. The younger ones went back to the Unit and told the other children that they should come next time.”

Chelsea FC Foundation is passionate about supporting their local community and particularly young people with mental health issues. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Foundation on this important area of work and extremely grateful for their support.

Damian Shannon, Senior Health & Wellbeing Officer at Chelsea FC Foundation added: “Chelsea FC Foundation and the health and wellbeing team were delighted to host a fantastic group of teenagers at Stamford Bridge for World Mental Health Day. Spending some time speaking with and listening to the teenagers has really emphasised the need for us all to do more to understand and support young people in the day to day challenges they face with their mental health. We look forward to working with CW+, the local mental health services and indeed the teenagers themselves to develop a programme that can support and meet their needs. We believe that through the use of sport and football together we can make a positive impact.”