Kalvin Phillips shows support for Children’s Mental Health Week

Kalvin Phillips has helped raise awareness for Children’s Mental Health Week after joining an online session with the Leeds United Foundation and young pupils from Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary School.

The Leeds United midfielder has already shown his support for the campaign and wanted to take the time to talk openly with more children again this year around the ever-important topic of mental health and wellbeing.

Children’s Mental Health Week has been underway since 2015 and the campaign was launched specifically to help shine a light on the importance of child and youth mental health. The theme for 2022 has centered on Growing Together, with Leeds United Foundation staff delivering a bespoke workshop that will hopefully help encourage their students to reflect on how they have grown, how they can continue to grow and how they can help others grow.

On the call with the England international, which was set up by the Premier League Primary Stars team, the students were able to engage with Kalvin personally, as they asked him a series of questions about how he takes care of his mental well-being. Some of the questions were about how a daily routine and structured exercise can help other areas of his life, what he likes to do outside of football to relax, how he deals with any negativity whether it’s television, in newspapers or on social networks. , and who/what he is grateful for in life that helped him become the person he is today.

The 26-year-old was greeted by a sea of ​​Leeds United and England shirts during the Zoom call, with the excited Year 6 class even reciting Marching On Together for one of their favorite players before the end of the session.

One of the students who took part in the session with the club’s official charity spoke to LUTV during the day and said: “Today was really important because kids idolize Kalvin Phillips and they love him as a player, with him speaking very well on the subject, the kids will know what to do if they have any issues, like talking to family and friends maybe.

Matt Herschell-Smith, Primary Stars Manager at the Leeds United Foundation, added: “Today we were at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Cookridge as part of the Primary Stars Project and we were able to run a special workshop based on children’s mental health. health.

“We mainly talked about how important it is for you to talk to others when you have issues or problems and it was amazing to involve Kalvin, who the kids all look up to. I know they will take into account some of the great things he had to say about how he grew as a person and how he faces and handles difficult situations.

The Leeds United Foundation works in Leeds schools, supporting both teachers and students to ensure young people stay engaged in their education through the power of sport. Foundation coaches continue to offer sessions and workshops on a variety of important topics, such as mental health, in hopes of giving young people the right tools and information to help them take responsibility and take the right decisions.

For more information on the various educational programs offered by the Leeds United Foundation, please contact [email protected]

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