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At Mind, we use the power of sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas and support those of us with mental health problems to become more active. We also offer a range of resources and engagement opportunities for sports organisations who wish to do more around mental health.

eLearning: Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

This online course is aimed at everyone who delivers coaching in clubs, community sport and physical activity – such as coaches, activators, sports administrators, front of house staff or volunteers.

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.

  • Developed with 1st4sport and UK Coaching, and funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.
  • Awarded 3 Development CPD points by CIMPSA.
  • Includes a variety of learning activities, quizzes, case studies and videos.
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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

Mind and the EFL are #OnYourSide

In 2018, we launched our game changing partnership with the English Football League (EFL). This partnership is a brilliant opportunity for us to promote awareness and understanding of mental health amongst football fans. We want to show everyone within the football community that Mind are always #OnYourSide when things get tough.

  • Find out more about the partnership and how we are working with the EFL to increase awareness within the football community.
  • Sign up to our match day volunteering opportunities.
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Sport and Mental Health Network: Newsletters and events

Our Sport and Mental Health Network launched in summer 2015, and has since seen a range of local and national organisations share their stories and collaborate on exciting mental health focussed projects. This Network is open to any sport and physical activity organisation who are interested in, or are already delivering, programmes that support mental health. By signing up, you will:

  • Receive our monthly e-newsletter which will include a variety of resources and opportunities for you to get involved with.
  • Receive an invite to our bi-annual networking events which take place across the country.
  • Network and explore opportunities for collaborative working.
Email us to sign up!

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.

  • The Charter is your opportunity to make three pledges about how your organisation aims to break down the barriers surrounding mental health problems in sport.
  • We help our signatories turn their commitment into action by sharing learning and resources.
  • To date, over 350 organisations have signed the Charter.
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Support for people wanting to become more active

Do you want to increase your activity levels but don't know where to start? We've put together some information pages to help you on your way. 

You can also join the conversation online using #GetSettoGo, share a selfie on Twitter or Instagram and find like-minded individuals that can support you and help you stay on track.

 

  • Visit our Get Set to Go website.
  • Explore our sport and physical activity information pages.
  • Join our Elefriends online community and meet other Active Eles.
Find out more

Get Set to Go evaluation results

With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go (GStG) has seen 3,585 people with mental health problems take part in specially designed physical activity projects since 2015. Our evaluation of GStG worked with over 1,000 local and digital participants to track their progress, making this the largest ever study of its kind. 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 highlights key learnings from the two-year research project in an accessible report.
  • It also sets out our recommendations for how we can all better support people with mental health problems to get active.
Look at the findings

Support for coaches

Sports coaches play a key role in supporting people with mental health problems to become active. That’s why we have developed some handy resources 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.

  • Two short video clips where coaches share their experiences of working with people that experience mental health problems.
  • An animation produced with UK Coaching looking at how to promote better mental health through sport.
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Our toolkits

We have developed two toolkits to help support you to provide sport and physical activity services to people with mental health problems. They share learning and best practice from other organisations, and use real examples and tested resources.

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. Click on the front covers below to have a flick through:

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Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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