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Join the South East Mind Network to help more people with mental health problems get physically active

Join the South East Mind Network to help more people with mental health problems get physically active

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The mental health charity Mind has announced the launch of nine new Regional Networks to help more people with mental health problems engage with physical activity. By linking up local organisations across the physical activity, mental health and charity sectors Mind hopes its Regional Networks will support sport and physical activity organisations to be more inclusive of people with mental health problems. 

The Regional Networks will work to increase the number of groups in their region who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people with mental health problems in physical activity. They will offer training, toolkits and resources, as well as providing a platform for networking and sharing best practice to build stronger relationship between organisations.

Every Regional Network will be led by a Hub (lead organisation), with one based in each of the nine English government regions. They will receive support and funding from Mind until the 31st March 2021. Hubs will have autonomy and responsibility for designing, delivering and implementing their Regional Network. Each Hub will aim to engage and support at least 70 organisations in their region and upskill 160 people such as coaches, volunteers and staff in mental health awareness.

Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity, said: “We know that physical and mental health go hand in hand and it is now well-established that being more physically active can have real benefits to our mental health. Yet despite this, many people with mental health problems face barriers to getting active, ranging from fears about physical appearance or being intimidated by going to the gym, to finding it hard to get out of the house. The good news is that, by upskilling staff and volunteers across the sport and physical activity sector, we can begin to break down some of these barriers. We hope that the Regional Networks will help bring about real change in the sector that leads to more people with mental health problems feeling able to get more active.”

Confirmed Regional Network Hubs include: Tyne & Wear Sport, Merseyside Sports Foundation, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Sport Birmingham, Herts Sport Partnership, Active Oxfordshire and Active Dorset. 

Active Sussex are pleased to confirm our support of the South East Mind Mental Health and Physical Activity Network coordinated by Active Oxfordshire.

Join the South East Mind Network

The network aims to bring together sport, physical activity and mental health organisations in the region to share best practice, provide new learning and increase collaboration/partnership working.

The purpose of the network is to give a platform for organisations to:

  1. Understand the landscape and challenges we face
  2. Communicate what is currently taking place and planned in the South East
  3. Enable us to work together to support people to be more active (in the context of Mental health and Mental Wellbeing)
  4. Identify where the areas of most need are, what are the gaps and how can we fill those. How can we avoid duplication and what are the opportunities?
  5. Share information, our programmes, priorities, outcomes and evidence.

The network is free to join and will have face to face meetings across the year, but will also be a virtual network of individuals and organisations who can collaborate to support and engage people with mental health problems in being active. There will also be regular bulletins and information, shared through the network.

As a first step you may want to read and utilise the fantastic information and resources about Mental Health and Physical Activity on the Mind Website

We are really keen to meaningfully involve people with lived experience in the development of services and activities. Please take a look at the Influence and Participation toolkit