Being Physically active is key to supporting mental wellbeing. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Research shows that being active can reduce risks of depression by up to 30%. It can also reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem.
Active Black Country are working with national/regional and local partners to bring Mental health awareness to the fore across the region. Additionally, we are supporting local organisations/clubs to be more accessible to people who may be going through a mental health experience.
We are working with key stakeholders and specialist organisations in the Mental health sector such as MIND and Rethink Mental health. To build understating and awareness across stakeholder’s our Inclusion and Diversity Forum focused on Mental Wellbeing as a theme.
Take a look here for information on the Mind West Midlands Physical Activity Network.
Equally, Active Black Country through our menu of training are supporting local groups/Organisations to be upskilled through Inclusive workshops/training. Training such as our Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity course that helps coaches to support those of us with a mental health problem to overcome barriers to getting active, know where to find expert mental health advice and to create an environment where people can talk confidently about mental health here.
If you have any questions for us or you would like to know more about the Inclusion and Diversity Forums then please contact Amy Baker.