School sings to support launch of children’s mental health service

The singers from Sabden Primary School.
The singers from Sabden Primary School.
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Children from a Clitheroe school are taking part in a concert to kick start fundraising efforts for a new mental health telephone counselling service.

Pupils from Sabden Primary School will perform at the Emojinal Health concert, which will be held at the Preston Guild Hall on Wednesday.

The concert is being staged by children’s charity Child Action Northwest to launch an appeal to fund a new phone counselling service for five to 16 year olds. The school is one of 15 taking part in the event, which will bring together more than 500 children from schools across the county.

CANW hopes the new service will be help some of 19,000 children in Lancashire who experience low level mental health issues including anxiety, bullying, depression and low self-esteem.

The charity, who are working with Lancashire County Council to develop the service, are hosting the concert to highlight the need for better mental health support for children and encourage people to donate money to help make the service a reality.

Sue Cotton, CEO of CANW, said: “Figures show that one in ten children aged five to 16 in Lancashire experience low level mental health issues. But only a quarter of those who need treatment will receive it. That’s why we’re working to develop a phone counselling service which will help children address their worries at an early stage before they become part of a bigger issue.

The concert will take place from 6-30 to 8-30pm and for tickets priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, call 01772 804444 or visit