It is becoming increasingly recognised that the benefits of sport and physical activity on our mental health are endless: improved mood, decreased chance of depression and anxiety, reduces stress, and a better and more balanced lifestyle.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year. Yet it is still something people are worried to talk about or ask for help. This must change and physical activity can play a massive part.
British Triathlon has signed up to Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. By signing up to the charter we are committing to how our sport should adopt good mental health practices to make activities inclusive, positive and open to everyone and to create a culture shift that removes in wider society and in the sport of triathlon the stigma around mental health, a reality.
By signing up to the Charter, we are committing to helping make this vision a reality. Together we will achieve this by:
- Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.
- Publicly promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.
- Promoting positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
- Actively tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
- Supporting the establishment of a network to work closely with the mental health sector to develop resources and best practice.
- Regularly monitoring our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
As an organisation our commitment to mental health goes further than just signing up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. In May 2020 we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week With the theme being ‘kindness’, we celebrated the amazing support that’s being offered throughout the multisport community.
Mental Health Awareness Week has showcased the importance of supporting the wellbeing of not only the people around you, but also practicing self-care all year round.
If you or someone you know needs advice or support, please contact your GP or Mind on 0300 123 3393 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Coaching offer a Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity course. Usually £18 it is now free until 31 August 2020. Gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions.