Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

Every year, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem. The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.

The Charter has been developed by the Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players Federation and with support from the mental health charity, MIND. To date over 280 organisations within the sports sector, including player associations and National Governing Bodies of Sport, have signed up to the Charter and pledged their support to promote good mental health and mental health practices.

Kent Sport has signed up to the Charter and through the work of the Service is committed to taking positive steps to address and encourage people to be open about mental health issues.

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MIND toolkit for the sports sector

MIND have developed a toolkit to help the sports sector make their services more accessible to people with mental health problems. The toolkit, which has been developed specifically for the sport and physical activity sector, shares examples of good practice and provides useful resources.

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Set up by the charity MIND, Elefriends is a supportive online community which provides a safe space for people to find support and advice, share their tips and experiences and listen to others. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

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Get Set to Go website

Mind has launched a new motivational website to help women with mental health problems choose a sport which is suitable to them, enabling them to take the first step and get active to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The new website asks people to select reasons that are stopping them from exercising and provides practical tips and real life stories to inspire people to take the first step and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.

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Live Well website

The Live Well Kent website has been set up as part of the mental health contract that has recently been commissioned by Kent County Council and the NHS and is being delivered by two charities, Porchlight and Shaw Trust. Live Well Kent helps people improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free new service for anyone over 17. Some of the things they can help with are:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Training and work
  • Keeping active
  • Everyday living
  • Meeting people

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NEW Mental Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity Online training course

This new course is aimed at those who participate in sport and their support networks such as coaches, family and medical support staff, and was written in partnership with Jane Fylan, UK Athletics Welfare & Compliance Deputy and is endorsed by Double Gold Olympic medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes DBE.

The course will provide you with:

  • A greater awareness of common mental health disorders and their prevalence amongst sports people
  • Information about how to recognise some of the warning signs of common mental health disorders
  • Increased understanding of how the pressures of sport can impact on mental health
  • Improved understanding of the health benefits of participating in sport and physical activity
  • Increased knowledge regarding what to do if you are concerned about someone
  • Information about how to promote mental wellbeing in sport.

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