As part of our Sector Support programme, we provide a range of resources to help organisations to better support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity. These resources and toolkits cover topics such as establishing a mental health champions scheme and improving mental health at work for staff.
Our Mental Health and Physical Activity Toolkit aims to increase the number of sport, physical activity and mental health providers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity.
The toolkit is made up of a variety of guides. Each one provides guidance, tools, templates and good practice case studies to help organisations provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, sport and physical activity providers - such as clubs, groups and venues - plan for reopening. Whilst some people may be excited about returning to work, sessions and facilities, early evidence shows that many will be returning to play with poorer mental health due to coronavirus.
We've developed two handy guides: one to help individuals prepare for participation, and one to equip the sport and physical activity sector with tools and information to support the mental health of staff, volunteers and participants.
This resource is for organisations, clubs and groups in the sport and physical activity sector that want to support the mental health of their members, participants, staff and volunteers. It introduces the idea of mental health champions, and provides guidance on establishing a mental health champions scheme.
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've collaborated 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. You can access the guide for free.
From elite sport through to grass-roots participation, sport can be used to reduce stigma and start positive conversations about mental health.
We've worked with the Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Professional Players Federation to create the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. We've also developed resources and case studies to support signatories, along with a dedicated LinkedIn page to help you keep track of what is going on across the sector.
Join over 350 organisations and sign up today by making three pledges about how your organisation aims to break down the barriers surrounding mental health problems in sport.
Each month, we send a monthly e-newsletter to update individuals from across the sport, physical activity and mental health sectors about a variety of topics. Our newsletters provide updates on our work, share good practice from across the sector and opportunities for you to get involved with. To date, over 1400 people have signed up to receive our newsletter.
Complete the course and you will gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions.
Coaches play a key role in supporting people experiencing mental health problems to become active. That's why we have developed some handy videos to help support coaches on their journey to making their classes and training sessions more inclusive. We've teamed up with partners including UK Coaching, along with Mind ambassador Duke McKenzie MBE, to bring you some top tips.
The CARE acronym infographics and animation help you to promote good mental health through your coaching. Our CARE resources were co-created in 2016/17 with UK Coaching and Public Health England.