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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! And we can use this time to reflect on our mental health and what we can do to improve it. Read on for tips and advice.

Sport can play a unique role in improving our mental wellbeing and raising awareness about forms of illness. As social activities, sport can provide a sense of belonging and connection to others, which can help ease mental health issues.

Engaging in sport allows individuals to interact with others who share similar interests and goals, which can create a sense of camaraderie and support. Being part of a team or community can foster a sense of identity and purpose, providing a sense of fulfilment and meaning. This social support network can be especially important for individuals who may feel isolated or alone, such as those struggling with mental health issues.

One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement. And this can be done outside of a sports setting. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy. Movement helps us feel better about our bodies and improves self-esteem. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety and help us to sleep better

Mind UK and The Mental Health Foundation have provided guides with getting active when not playing sports and is important for all athletes, coaches and staff. Click links to access:

By creating a culture of openness and support around mental health issues, we can empower all to prioritise their mental wellbeing and achieve their full potential both on and off the field. The world of sports has an important role to play in promoting mental health and wellbeing, and by working together, we can create a healthier, more resilient, and more supportive sport community for all.

If you would like more information on ways to help your own mental health or to support others, please have a look at the following guides and support services available. If in doubt, please speak to your GP.

Mind UK – Information and support

Mental Health Foundation –

NHS 111 – call 111 or get help online 111 Online

NHS England –

NHS Scotland –