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Get set to Go: Our achievements so far

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Interim findings from our evaluation and our programme monitoring data shows that Get Set to Go is having a positive impact on people’s physical activity levels and wellbeing.

The data shows that people using our eight local projects report that the number of days where they do 30 minutes of physical activity has increased. There has also been an increase in their levels of vigorous and moderate intensity activity – and a decrease in barriers that stop people being active.

The results provide evidence that Get Set to Go is meeting its original aims of increasing the physical activity levels of people living with mental health problems – while the improvements to people's wellbeing is also further evidence for the associated health benefits that having an active lifestyle brings.

In spring 2016, our evaluation team at Northampton University looked at data collected from people attending the programme at three and six months. Our final evaluation report is expected in autumn 2017.    

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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 new 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
  • Course written and delivered by people with mental health problems.
  • Training is now available across England and Wales.
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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 270 organisations have signed the charter.
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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:

  • Update on our Get Set to Go programme and the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation
  • Share good practice and learning from across our projects
  • Network and explore opportunities for collaborative work
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Report: Mental health in elite sport

In 2014 we commissioned independent research to look into the mental health of elite sportsmen and women, gathering insight into six sports.

The research shows that sports clubs, governing bodies and player associations are starting to recognise that mental health is as important as physical health. The report recommended that:

  • Coaches need to understand the value of mental health and wellbeing
  • Clubs as employers have a responsibility to support the mental wellbeing of players
  • A mental health network for elite sport could enable sharing of existing and emerging good practice.
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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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