The Mind Sport and Activity Network for Yorkshire and Humber is establishing a network of volunteers across the region to work with their local sports club or group to support members and new people to improve their mental health through sport and physical activity.
The role of a Mental Health Champion is to support people to access the mental wellbeing benefits of being active, remove stigma and get people talking about mental health.
As a Mental Health Champion you will be provided with guidance and advice to support you in your role.
How to become a Mental Health Champion:
Anyone over the age of 18 can be a Mental Health Champion. Champions don’t need personal experience of mental health problems. 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 yourself and the organisation, club or group. 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, we ask that you register your interest and complete a short form telling us what you wish to achieve from this role.
We ask that all Mental Health Champions have completed some basic awareness training. If you haven’t already, we recommend that you complete the MHASPA e-learning. Please indicate on the form if you would like to access this training.
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.
This will add you to our e-newsletter, Champion forum and allow you access to a number or resources to help you in this role.
What support will I get as a Mental Health Champion?
You will receive a handbook of information on the champions scheme. This includes guidance around the role, the support available and where to signpost people who may be experiencing mental health problems.
- You will receive ongoing support through regular check-ins to ask about your wellbeing and if you need any additional support.
- You will be invited to join a closed facebook group dedicated to Champions from across the region to help provide each other peer support.
- You will be invited to attend a quarterly online forum allowing you to hear updates and chat with other Champions and Professionals.
- On an annual basis, we will check that you are achieving the goals and objectives you set out and whether you wish to continue in the role.
If you’re interested, let us know by completing this online form.