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Mental Health & Sport

February 1, 2016

Time to Talk Day 2016 will take place on Thursday 4th February.

On this day, we want to encourage as many people as possible across England to have a conversation about mental health and show that these conversations don’t need to be difficult. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result.

That’s not right, and it’s why we need your help to break the silence and end the stigma.

We’d love you to encourage all your members, players and fans to get involved.

Please visit the Time to Talk Day website for ideas and resources to get involved online – we’d love you to post on your Twitter and Facebook pages to show your support in the run-up and on the day.

We’ve now got a small section on the Time to Change website that holds ideas and resources for sports organisations to get involved online on Time to Talk Day 

If you’d like to hold an event you can also order a free pack with resources to help you start your conversations, and don’t forget to visit back on the day to log your conversations on our interactive map.

By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s breaking down mental health stigma and discrimination – so thank you for your support For more information about Mind’s sport and physical activity offer visit

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.

Alongside a number of player associations and NGBs who have already signed-up, we are asking for other sporting organisations to commit to take positive steps to address and encourage people to be open about mental health issues.

The Charter outlines five actions that we, as a sector, can take to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need.

We will:

  • 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.

Download your copy of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

To sign-up your organisation to the Charter, please click here.