Every year, one-in-four of us will experience a mental health problem. Yet it is still something the majority of us are loath to talk about or address. This is something that has to change.
We want to use the power of the sport and recreation sector to make our activities welcoming, positive and inclusive for everyone. That's why the Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players Federation and the mental health charity Mind, created the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.
The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.
On 29 March 2017, we celebrated the second anniversary of the Charter in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation and GLL at the London Aquatics Centre. Signatories, ambassadors and supporters came together to look back on the successes of the last two years and look forward to what more can be done in the future.
Alongside a number of player associations and NGBs who have already signed-up, we are asking for other organisations that use physical activity to promote mental wellbeing to commit to take positive steps to address and encourage people to be open about mental health issues.
The Charter outlines six actions that we, as a sector, can take 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 the 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.
If you'd like to register your organisation as a Charter signatory please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out which organisations have already signed the Charter.
The Charter has also received some great support from professional sports people, find out who here.