Myles Anderson went along to Barnard Grove Primary School on
Tuesday to deliver a talk on ‘Finding Your Brave' and answers pupils' questions
The Pools defender agreed to take part in a special
‘Audience with…” event at the school and around 30 pupils and their parentsturned up to join the discussion on mental health.
Children's Mental Health Week is being held between 3rdand 9th February and was founded to help shine a spotlight on the
importance of children and young people's mental health – this year's theme isFind Your Brave.
A number of activities have been planned as part of theirawareness week at Barnard Grove, but Anderson's after-school talk was the highlight.
“Myles has played such an important role for us with this
talk,” explained the school's Well Being Lead Hilary Harmison, who approachedthe Club to see if they could get involved in some way.
“It's been an opportunity for the children to be able totalk to someone who is in a role that many of them may aspire to be in.
“Especially for some of our older boys who are perhaps in
danger of taking those wrong paths, it's all about meeting and being given thechance to talk to role models.
“For some of our boys, they can have a front but we have
talked with them about strategies to give them support when they are feeling abit vulnerable.
“I am very aware that the Club regularly champions the need
to focus on mental health which is why I extended an invite to them, and
anything like this that encourages our pupils to open up and interact aboutthis important topic is really worthwhile.”
Anderson spent almost an hour talking to young people about the times when he's had to ‘find his brave' both on and off the pitch and answered questions from those in attendance at the event.
“It was a really good afternoon,” he told us afterwards.
“I was a bit apprehensive and anxious so I certainly had to
‘find my brave' to go along but hopefully I have helped some of the young guysfind theirs in some way as well.
“It was all about trying to help the children find their
brave and, in football terms for me, that means getting stuck in and gettingback up if you get knocked down.
“But on the other side, being brave is about being able to
say ‘okay, I might need help here' and then being able to speak to yourparents, your friends, your teachers and know that it's fine to do that.
“I am really hoping that some of the guys feel encouraged tobe able to do that moving forward.”