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By GreaterSport | 30 June 2021 | TAGS: clubs, Mental health, Community groups

Two years ago,  Mind set up a North West Mind Network to support people to access positive mental health in sport and physical activity. Merseyside Sport Foundation who lead the network have been busy exploring ways to connect with clubs and  to ensure that support is available to clubs, coaches, people and communities to look after each other during the pandemic.   

Clubs play a key role in tackling key health inequality levels in communities and we have seen a great response from clubs wanting to support mental health amongst their participants and community. We are encouraging people to sign up to the network for free and continue to build on the progress that has been established over the last two years.  

Did you know? 

According to active lives... 

  • Active adults are more likely than inactive adults to have felt happy the previous day (7.2/10 v. 6.6/10) 
  • Active adults recorded higher levels of life satisfaction than their inactive peers (7.2/10 v 6.6/10) 
  • Active adults are more likely to feel that the things they do in their life are worthwhile compared to those who are inactive (7.4/10 v. 6.9/10) 
  • Active adults have lower rates of anxiety than inactive adults (3.5/10 v. 3.6/10) 

More information on the impact of physical activity on mental wellbeing, individual development, and social and community development can be found here.

How can you or your club get involved? 

Share your thoughts – Click here 

Mind need your help and are looking to know your thoughts on how the network should operate over the next 12 months. Is there anything in particular you think the network should focus on? Is there a specific need within your geographical areas or your work can the network could support? Click here to send in your thoughts. 

Website, Newsletter and Social Media 

Head to the website to find out more and sign up to the newsletter to stay up to date on all the future developments of the network. Click here for the website or follow the network on Twitter at @MHSPAnetwork 

Free Psychological First Aid Training – Click here 

This online training, developed by PHE, is now available for those supporting children and young people affected by Covid-19. This training is designed for frontline workers who are regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25. This makes it perfect for sports coaches, teachers, instructors, mentors, link workers and support workers.  

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity+ eLearning – Click Here 

Mind have launched an updated e-learning course alongside UK Coaching, 1st4Sport and Sport England – the course has been reduced to £12 and discounts are available for bulk purchases.  

If you would like more details then please email [email protected].

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