New football club set up Charity launches five-a-side group

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The national charity Rethink Mental Illness is launching a five-a-side football group for people with mental health problems in Burnley this month.

The group, which will meet weekly and is free to join, will hold its first session on Friday, February 27th.

It will provide a space where people with a mental health problem, such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, can exercise and socialise with others with similar experiences.

Rethink Mental Illness successfully runs dozens of similar groups throughout England. The groups are peer-support groups, run by people with mental health problems or their families and friends. Most of the groups are social groups, but some also run art or sporting activities.

The group meet every Friday from 3-4 p.m. For more information, contact 0759 489 7485 or email