Football on the Brain

Carlisle United and staff from Mental Health services in Carlisle are teaming up to provide a free football taster session for patients, carers and staff.

Carlisle United meet mental health service workers

Carlisle United players and users of mental health services Credit: ITV Border

Players from Carlisle United have been meeting with users of mental health services in Cumbria.

Carlisle United mid-fielder James Berrett said:

"It's great that the club and football are helping to bring people together and break down some barriers.

"This is the first session and I hope it will go from strength to strength."

Carlisle United mid-fielder James Berrett Credit: ITV Border

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Carlisle United stars back mental health services

Carlisle United Football Club Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United and staff from Mental Health services in Carlisle are teaming up to provide a free football taster session for patients, carers and staff.

The aim is to combat social isolation and discrimination of mental health, while at the same time promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

In the long term the Trust hope to develop stronger links between themselves and Carlisle United and hope the club may be able to support these football sessions on a regular basis.

The sessions are a joint venture between Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Carlisle United and Cumberland FC.