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Ipswich Town Football Club’s Jack Taylor shines light on young people’s mental health at Ranelagh Road Primary School assembly with Suffolk Mind





An Ipswich Town star has shone a light on how young people in Suffolk can look after their mental health.

Midfielder Jack Taylor hosted an assembly and question-and-answer session for pupils at Ranelagh Primary School, in Paul’s Road, Ipswich, on February 7.

After the address, students were introduced to mental health ‘kitbags’, created by Suffolk Mind, which contain wellbeing resources. The term also refers to the charity’s programme of mental health workshops and courses.

Jack Taylor helped launch the mental health kitbags. Picture: Suffolk Mind
Jack Taylor helped launch the mental health kitbags. Picture: Suffolk Mind

These were designed to support the wellbeing of young people.

Mr Taylor said: “Looking after your mental health is incredibly important. You never know if someone’s down or struggling because it’s internal rather than a physical thing that’s there for people to see.

“As footballers we’ve all had to come through things like injuries or not playing, so it’s always important to speak to people and express how you’re feeling.

The kitbags contain resources to help people with their mental health. Picture: Suffolk Mind
The kitbags contain resources to help people with their mental health. Picture: Suffolk Mind

“The players all see their work with the Ipswich Town Foundation as central to what we do as a club so it was a privilege to be able to speak to the children alongside Suffolk Mind.”

The school will receive one kitbag, but can buy others.

Louise Harris, from Suffolk Mind, said there were kits for all age groups.

These included early years, training for educators and activity providers and others.

She said there was a huge benefit to teaching children how to take care of their mental health from a young age.

The kit were delivered to pupils in Ranelagh Primary School in Ipswich. Picture: Suffolk Mind
The kit were delivered to pupils in Ranelagh Primary School in Ipswich. Picture: Suffolk Mind

Ms Harris added: “Mental health affects us at all stages of life and learning how to deal with it early is essential.

“With our kitbag children can access and learn the tools to understand and support their mental health in an age-appropriate way.

“By learning about mental health at a young age, we can teach people valuable skills to look after themselves and others as they enter their teenage and adult years.”