Calum Best is partnering with the NSPCC and Childline to encourage youngsters “take care of themselves mentally.”

The TV personality, whose father was the late Belfast footballing icon George Best, is helping promote better mental health in young people.

A new journal – The Best Me Buddy  – is designed to help young people practice mindfulness techniques, so that they can look after their wellbeing by focusing their thoughts each day.

In a new video from the NSPCC he spoke movingly about growing up with his father.

He said: “I’ve been in the public eye, being the son of someone, for as long as I can remember.

“So as I got older and I started to be more comfortable and confident with being the son of and having to talk about having an alcohol dependent in the family, I thought I have to give back.

“The point of the journal was to kind of help kids be present in the now and take care of themselves not just physically but mentally and be thoughtful of other people as well and being thoughtful of themselves.”

Calum is urging young people to talk openly about their mental health concerns and is also encouraging anyone who is struggling with their mental health to reach out and get support as soon as possible. Their parents or a trusted adult should be their first place to go but if they find it difficult to talk to someone they know they can always go to Childline. The Best Me Buddy journal is available to buy at the NSPCC shop. £8 will be donated from the sale of each journal, to help fund a range of vital NSPCC services for children and young people. For more information go to: https://shop.nspcc.org.uk/collections/mindfulness/products/bestme-buddy-journal

Calum Best teams up with the NSPCC and Childline

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