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Mental Health Champions scheme

If you have a passion for both sport and activity, and improving people’s mental health, then you’re just the sort of person we’re looking for to become a Mental Health Champion.

With support from the Mind Sport and Activity Network (Yorkshire and Humber) a Mental Health Champion will support people to access the mental wellbeing benefits of being active, remove stigma and get people talking about mental health.

Whether you’re part of a local sports club or group, or work for an organisation that provides physical activity in a community, you can be a Champion. But what does it involve?

  • It’s not compulsory, but we’ll provide you free access to basic mental health awareness for sport and physical activity training. The online training was put together by Mind, UK Coaching and 1st4Sport.
  • You’ll receive a Mental Health Champions e-handbook. It includes guidance around the role, the support available and where to signpost people who may be experiencing mental health problems.
  • You will be invited to join a closed Facebook group solely for Champions from across the region. We’ll share useful resources and you can ask questions of us and other Champions.
  • We’ll be on hand throughout to support you.

Who can become a Mental Health Champion?

Anyone over the age of 18 can be a Mental Health Champion. You don’t need personal experience of mental health problems, but we know that those who do have lived experience of mental health problems may find it helps them to start conversations and challenge stigma. Any action that a champion takes – no matter how big or small – helps to end stigma and raise awareness.

Being a champion is a voluntary role, so it’s important to give careful thought to how you can best use your time to bring about positive change. As with any volunteer role, you are choosing to invest your time, so it should be a positive experience for both you and the organisation, club or group you’re part of. It is important that you have consent and support from decision makers in your club or group, such as the committee.

Once you have agreement from your club/organisation, register your interest and tell us why you want to be a Champion.

When you have registered your interest attach a copy of your mental health awareness certificate. Your submission will be reviewed and if everything is ok we will add you to our database.

If you’re interested, let us know by completing this online form.

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