BSUK signs up to Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

Sun 29 Mar 2015

BSUK has signed up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, developed by the Sport and Recreational Alliance, the Professional Players’ Federation and the leading mental health charity Mind, and launched on 25 March in London by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and a number of top sports stars.

Research has shown that exercise can be at least as effective as medication, and probably better in many cases, in treating mild depression – and we also know that in the time it takes Usain Bolt to run 100m, the NHS spends £880 on managing the consequences of mental ill health.

So the Charter is calling on the sport and recreation sector to ensure that we are doing all we can to promote good mental health and tackle the stigma that still exists and can prevent people from talking about this vital issue, from the top of professional and elite sport through to grassroots recreation and community clubs.
 

Charter actions

The Charter outlines six actions that the sporting community can undertake to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need:

  • Use the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.
     
  • Publicly promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.
     
  • Promote positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
     
  • Actively tackle discrimination on grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
     
  • Support the establishment of a pan-sport platform to work closely with the mental health sector to develop and share networks, resources and best practice.
     
  • Regularly monitor our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
     

While many sports are already engaged with these actions, signing up to the Charter provides an opportunity to promote and develop them more widely and can provide access to specialist help and advice.

You can add your support to the charter now and via Twitter using #sportminds.

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