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Mental Health and Physical Activity Toolkit

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.

Toolkit Guides

Guide 1: Introduction to mental health

Guide 2: The relationship between physical activity and mental health

Guide 3: Involving people with lived experience of mental health problems in the design and delivery of your work

Guide 4: Making physical activities inclusive to people experiencing mental health problems

​Guide 5: Engaging people in physical activity to support their mental health

​Guide 6: Engaging volunteers in a physical activity and mental health service

​Guide 7: Measuring the impact of a physical activity and mental health service

Guide 8: Legal considerations around delivering physical activities for people experiencing mental health problems​

​Guide 9: Safeguarding and mental health

​Guide 10: Funding and sustainability

​Toolkit Glossary​​

This toolkit would not have been possible without the support, input and influence of many different people and organisations. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to the creation of this toolkit including:

  • Our Lived Experience Physical Activity Advisory Group with special mention to Debbie Butler and Hameed Khan.
  • Time to Change Champion Keith Thompson.
  • Our Physical Activity and Mental Health Advisory Group.
  • Everyone involved in Get Set to Go including participants, volunteers and our local Mind partners (with special mention to Melanie Campbell at Springfield Mind and Jacy Kilvert at Mind in Brighton and Hove.
  • Experts in their fields including: Umar Ahmed (Health Improvement Wakefield Council), Jess Cook (Activity Alliance), Debra Cummins (Yorkshire Sport Foundation), Gail Curry (Age UK), Nicola Dean (Ann Craft Trust), Dr Amit Mistry (Royal College of Psychiatrists), Carolyn Plateau (Loughborough University), James Routen (Rampton Hospital) and Kyle Tunstall (Merseyside Sport Foundation).
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