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With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go has been helping people with mental health problems get active. Since 2015, Get Set to Go has seen 3,585 people with mental health problems take part in specially designed physical activity projects. 

Thriving at Work: A guide for the sport and physical activity sector

Thriving at Work is an independent review that outlines what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive through work. We’re collaborating with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and Sport England to help employers across the sport and physical activity sector to understand and implement the Thriving at Work standards.

  • Our free guide for employers looks at each of the standards in turn. It provides practical examples of what employers are doing across the sector, as well as helpful tools.
  • Just starting out or short on time? Our one page document connects you with key resources for each step of your journey to support mental health at work.
Download our free resources

Get Set to Go evaluation results

An evaluation of Get Set to Go was carried out by academic researchers across a two year period. The evaluation team worked with over 1,000 Get Set to Go local and digital participants to track their progress, making this the largest ever study of its kind.

The findings show that physical activity has an important role to play in building resilience, enabling and supporting mental health recovery and tackling stigma and discrimination. 

  • The evaluation summary brings together key learning from the research in an accessible report
  • It also sets out our recommendations for how we can all better support people with mental health problems get active
Look at the findings

Training: Mental health awareness in sport and physical activity

Understanding mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to making services and settings appropriate for everyone.

Our three-hour short course is aimed at sport and physical activity providers, coaches, sports administrators, front of house staff and volunteers.

  • Developed with support from sports coach UK
  • Level 3 CPD accredited course
  • Available across England and Wales
Course summary

Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

From elite sport through to grass-roots participation, sport can be used to reduce stigma and start positive conversations about mental health. Sport should also be accessible to people with mental health problems. That’s why we’re supporting the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

We’ve worked with the Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Professional Players Federation to create the charter. We’ve also developed resources and case studies to support signatories.

  • We’re helping charter signatories turn their commitment into action by sharing learning and resources, and supporting them to develop action plans
  • To date 300 organisations have signed the charter
Find out more

Sport and Mental Health Advisory Network

Across the country there are amazing examples of good practice from organisations using sport and physical activity to support mental health.

In summer 2015 we established the network which meets twice a year. It's aimed at local and community organisations that are using sport and physical activity to help people with mental health problems benefit from being more active. The network exists to:

  • Share good practice and learning from across our projects
  • Network and explore opportunities for collaborative work
Join us!

Support for coaches

Through our work getting people with mental health problems more physically active, we have developed some resources to help support coaches and physical activity providers make it easier for people with mental health problems to get active.

These include:  

  • Two shorts films in which coaches share their experiences of working with people with mental health problems
  • An animation produced with UK Coaching looking at promoting better mental health through sport
Find out more

Get Set to Go website

Do you want to up your activity levels but don't know where to start?

Our new Get Set to Go website features motivational stories and practical ideas to help you get started with physical activity.

It's part of our Get Set to Go programme supported by Sport England and the National Lottery.

  • Join the conversation online using the #GetSetToGo tag
  • Share a selfie on Twitter or Instagram
  • We'd love to know what works for you and what hold you back
Take a look

Physical activity and sport information pages

If you want to find out how to increase your physical activity levels our new information guide may answer your questions.

It covers how being active is important for our mental health and explores which sports or exercise may be best for you.

  • Why being active matters
  • The health benefits of physical activity
  • Which activity may be best for you
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Considering risks and staying safe
Read our guide

Elefriends online community

Starting something new can be hard and getting active is no exception. If you've recently started exercising our Elefriends online community can help you stay on track.

Elefriends is is a safe and supportive space where you can be yourself and link up with others who are just starting out.

  • Elefriends support each other when the going gets tough and celebrate together when they're doing well.
  • Get support from other active Eles
  • It's free of charge
Find out more

Our Toolkits

We have developed two toolkits to help support you to provide sport and physical activity services to people with mental health problems.

The two toolkits have been designed to work alongside each other, but one is specifically for mental health organisations and one for the sports sector.

They share learning and best practice from other organisations, and use real examples and tested resources.


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Latest news

  • May 2016: We're pleased to support Sport England's new 5-year strategy to tackle inactivity.
  • April 2016: We're backing England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors initiative to help those of us with mental health problems take up running.   
  • April 2016: Women with mental health problems are not exercising because of bad experiences with PE at school – putting them at greater risk of poor physical, and mental health. Read our news story.
  • March 2016: To mark the first anniversary of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation we're sharing survey findings on how being active can impact on our mental health. 
  • August 2015: Have you seen our new Elefriends animation about getting active? See if you can spot who did the voice over! 
  • July 2015: 70% of people told us that they feel their mental health makes it too difficult to take part in sport. Find out what people with mental health problems think about sport and exercise from our recent survey findings.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

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