Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall National Sports Centres have joined the list of signatories of the ‘Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation’
What is the Charter?
The Sport and Recreation Alliance, alongside the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and with support from the mental health charity Mind, launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in March 2015. It sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.
The Charter outlines five actions that we, as a sector, can take to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need.
• Use 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 promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.
• Promote positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
• Actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
• Support the establishment of a pan-sport platform to work closely with the mental health sector to develop and share networks, resources and best practice.
• Regularly monitor our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
Why have we signed it?
We want to ensure that our sports and recreational activities create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone - including our participants, professionals, volunteers and spectators.
What we have done so far?
Both National Centres have committed to designing and implementing an action plan to take positive action across the six areas of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. A Charter Action Plan Working Group will be established to review what facilities and activities exist already, synergies and potential new activities. These will be communicated in due course.
To help facilitate a joined approach we have appointed a lead staff member:
Sport and Community Development Coordinator
Tel: 07718 195 358
We’ve not yet produced any of our own case studies but why not take a look at the positive action other signatories are taking.
Further information about mental health and mental health services can be found on the Mind website where there is also lots of useful resources, information and support.
Physical activity can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. The Sport and Recreation Alliance has produced an evidence summary document highlighting the research that demonstrates how sport and recreation can help support and benefit people who are experiencing mental health problems.