Heads Up

‘Heads Up’ is the name of our mental health and wellbeing campaign. Heads Up is the platform we will use to share everything we do to promote and raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. In 2016 Lilleshall National Sports Centre joined the list of signatories of the ‘Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation’. It sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.

Throughout this campaign we will:

  • Actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • 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.
  • Regularly monitor our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.

What we have done so far?

We have trained 32 staff members in Mental Health First Aid – which means they are able to spot the signs and symptoms of ‘ill mental health’, learning how to support themselves, colleagues and customers.

We have hosted 2 national football tournaments – which have supported groups of men who are using football and sport as a vehicle to recovery or to maintain their mental health.

We have fundraised for existing mental health charities – by hosting sponsored yoga, archery and walking sessions.

We have created weekly table tennis and walking sessions – which are available for all staff and partner organisations to take part in.

What will we do next?

Each month we will be celebrating and sharing information about existing charities, organisation and events that are linked to supporting mental health.

Keep an eye on all of our social media channels, newsletters and website to see which events our coming up next. We will also be using #MoreHeadsUp to tie everything together under one umbrella.

To help facilitate a joined approach we have appointed a lead staff member:

Steven Shuttlewood
Sports Development Manager
Tel:  07718 195 358
Email:  steven.shuttlewood@serco.com

 

Further information

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.

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