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Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference

Sharing the last five years of learnings and good practice within the sport and physical activity sector and exploring what's next.

Date: Wednesday, 13th October 2021

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Location: The Kia Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS

Cost: Free

About this event

The sport and physical activity sector has made real progress towards creating a supportive and inclusive environment for those of us living with mental health problems. The Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference will showcase new research, learnings and good practice to celebrate this progress as well as looking at how we can empower more people to be physically active to support their mental health.

The Conference will be the first time Loughborough University will share the findings from their evaluation of our physical activity programme. The findings will highlight the advances the sector has made around mental health culture and tackling stigma.

Although we have come on leaps and bounds over the last six years, there is still work to be done. Loughborough University will also present their recommendations for how Mind and the sector can build on the progress to date to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and confident to be physically active and where people working and volunteering in sport and physical activity thrive. In addition, we will explore responses to the mental health crisis and how sport and physical activity can help people to recover and stay well.

Please note: the Conference will be hosted in-person (subject to coronavirus restrictions) and virtually. The in-person conference is currently by invitation only but the virtual element is open to everyone.

Event agenda

9:00 - 10:00

Registration with networking and refreshments

1st innings (10:00 – 11:30)

  • Welcome from Mind, the Conference Chair and Sport England

  • Keynote mental health and physical activity

  • Loughborough University - Mobilising sports system and structures - Evaluation of Mind’s Sector Support Programme and recommendations

  • People with lived experience of mental health problems - Expert by experience panel discussion: Moving at scale

11:30 - 12:00

  • Break and table discussions/networking

2nd innings (12:00 – 13:00)

  • EFL/EFL Trust Spotlight: Being fearless in the fight for mental health, EFL and Mind's game changing 'on your side' partnership

  • ASICS Spotlight: Using research to Uplift the Nation

  • English Institute of Sport Spotlight: Putting athlete mental health first, mental health in elite sport

  • Panel discussion and Q & A

13:00 - 13:45


3rd innings (13:45 - 15:40)

  • Representatives from the sport and physical activity sector - Spotlight: In conversation... how mental health champions are creating a movement for change in sport

  • A local Mind - Spotlight: Changing lives through physical activity.  Delivering programmes to support mental health outcomes

  • Representatives from the sport and physical activity sector - Spotlight: Panel discussion - it starts by looking after the people.  Workplace wellbeing in the sport and physical activity sector

  • Team Talk: facilitated roundtable discussions on:

    1. Lived experience involvement

    2. Workplace wellbeing

    3. Policy and influencing

    4. Programme delivery

4th innings (15:40 - 16:30)

  • Team Talk: Analysis - playback from the facilitated roundtable discussions

  • Senior leaders from the sport and physical activity sector - The long game: Embedding mental health across systems and cultures

  • Chair - Closing remarks


Event close


Please note agenda and speakers are subject to change

Contact us

For general enquiries and further information about this event, please contact Mind's Physical Activity Team via [email protected].

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