Think Active, in partnership with Springfield Mind and It Takes Balls to Talk, want to support sports clubs, groups and facilities to become confident and open about having a conversation about mental health.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, mental health issues can affect any one of us and it’s almost certain that there will be participants in your organisation with mental health problems.
By signing up to the Support Through Sport Mental Health Pledge, we’re asking you to get your participants, coaches, volunteers, parents, fans and local community talking about mental health so that your organisation becomes somewhere which encourages kindness and concern for others, where someone can go and feel comfortable that they to be treated well and be asked about themselves. Somewhere where talking and listening about feeling low or life pressures is OK and there is no stigma attached to talking about your mental health.
In order to sign up to the Think Active Support Through Sport Mental Health Pledge your club or group will need to complete the following:
- Identify a Mental Health Champion or small working group within your club/ organisation.
- Ensure that at least one person attends a mental health awareness course eg Mind Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity Providers (MHASPA).
- Develop a plan of actions your organisation is committed to working towards to provide a safe and supportive environment for anyone who may be experiencing mental health difficulties