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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.

We've launched our Regional Networks

We are excited to announce the creation of nine Regional Networks, bringing together sport, physical activity and mental health organisations at a local to regional level. The Networks will work to increase the number of groups within their region who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people with mental health problems in physical activity. The Regional Networks will achieve this by:

  • Building relationships between sport, physical activity and mental health organisations at a local to regional level.
  • Highlighting good practice and sharing relevant updates about Mind's work.
  • Sharing our training, toolkits and resources.
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Training: Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

This 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.
  • This course is also delivered face-to-face by our local Mind network.
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We are Undefeatable

You are twice as likely to be inactive if you have a long-term health condition. However being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as depression. It also reduces the risk of developing some conditions by up to 40% and can delay the onset of and reduce the severity of many long-term health conditions.

For the first time ever, 15 leading health and social care charities are launching a national campaign and movement to inspire and support people with long-term health conditions to be active.

  • We are Undefeatable is a new campaign led by Sport England, the National Lottery, Mind and the Richmond Group of Charities.
  • On this page you can explore tips and ideas to help you get active for your mental health.
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Our newsletters

Each month, we send a monthly newsletter to update our partners 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 530 people have signed up to receive our newsletter.

  • Receive updates from our programmes.
  • Receive an invite to our events.
  • Explore resources and guidance documents.
Email us to sign up!

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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Our Get Set to Go programme

Get Set to Go helps people find the physical activity that's right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. The programme is funded by Sport England, the National Lottery and our ‘On Your Side’ partnership with the English Football League (EFL). Explore this page to find out more about the programme and details on how you can get involved.

  • Find out how you can get involved in Get Set to Go.
  • See a full list of our 19 Get Set to Go sites across England and Wales.
  • View our evaluation results and recommendations for physical activity and mental health service providers.
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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, along with a dedicated LinkedIn page to help you keep track of what is going on across the sector.

  • 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

Looking 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 explore different types of activity to find what's right for you, and read inspirational stories from others who have experienced the benefits of getting active for their mental health. You can also join our online platform, Elefriends, and link up with others who are just starting out too.

 

  • Take a look at some quick tips and ideas to get you started.
  • Join our Elefriends online community and meet other Active Eles.
  • Read through some of our inspirational case studies.
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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

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