Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10-16 May 2021.
Mental wellbeing is one of the many benefits of taking part in sport and physical activity.
Mind launch physical activity and mental health toolkit
Mental health charity Mind have launched a new toolkit consisting of 10 guides, and aims to help sport, physical activity and mental health providers to support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity. The Toolkit comes on the back of a sector wide survey hosted in Summer 2020.
To help develop the new Toolkit, Mind have worked with people with lived experience of mental health problems, representatives from the mental health sector and the sport and physical activity workforce. Co-production has been essential to create content that is relevant for sport, physical activity and mental health providers and ensures their work in this area meets the needs of people experiencing mental health problems.
The Guides include:
- The relationship between mental health and physical activity
- Involving people with lived experience of mental health problems in the design and delivery of your work
- Making physical activities inclusive to people experiencing mental health problems
- Measuring the impact of a physical activity and mental health service
Each one provides guidance, tools, templates and good practice case studies to help organisations provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active.
The Mental Health Foundation
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek