Dr Clark features in film exploring homophobia in football with Rylan

Opening in 2025, our Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People will change the story on mental health and transform the lives of children and young people. Based on the South London and Maudsley site, the centre has been developed through a unique partnership between King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Maudsley Charity and the Trust led by Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director of CAMHS, Dr Bruce Clark.

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In the run up to the opening, Dr Clark, has featured in the documentary Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me hosted by Rylan Clark, This Morning and Radio 2 presenter.

In the film, Rylan, who suffered abuse as a child for being gay, speaks to footballers to explore why homophobia remains such a big problem in the game.

Reflecting on his love of football, Rylan discusses how safe he feels continuing to support the game given the common use of homophobic attitudes in the game such as on the terraces.

He also talks about his mental health struggles and the severe homophobic bullying he experienced including multiple skull fractures.

Speaking to Dr Clark, Rylan said that ‘in a sick way’ he is almost glad the attack happened as it taught him to never treat anyone badly.

Dr Clark, who filmed with Rylan at the Maudsley Hospital, says:

“It was a pleasure to be part of such an important and well-received documentary that shines a light on the mental health of young people who experience marginalisation and homophobic bullying.”

Participation in this documentary, aired during LGBTQ+ History month, sits alongside other initiatives the Trust are undertaking to celebrate the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ experiences within our community. 

Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me is available on TNT1 via on-demand platform Discovery +, Sky, Virgin and Amazon Prime. 

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