NYS supporting #WorldMentalHealthDay
Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:25
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world, and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
With that in mind we wanted to highlight some areas of our work around mental health, and help keep the conversation high on the agenda in North Yorkshire.
Mental Health Fundraising
Firstly mental health awareness is something we at North Yorkshire Sport are passionate about. We know that being active is great for your physical health, but it's also proven to have huge benefits to individuals' mental health. Earlier this year we launched our own fund to support the delivery of sport and physical activity that contributes to the improved mental health and well-being of North Yorkshire residents, and through our first sponsored challenge have so far raised over £1000 to get the fund up and running.
We will continue to develop ideas and campaigns to further the fund, and the type of work that can be supported through it, such as working with partners to provide courses such as the Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity (tonight in Northallerton!).
Watch this space for some exciting announcements on fundraising coming soon… For more information on our fundraising efforts please click here.
Fiit Like a Girl
Through the Sport England funded Satellite clubs programme we have helped owner Vicky Little who runs Fiit Like a Girl in Harrogate establish girls only fitness classes, that work on building fitness, self-esteem and body confidence - all linked back to individuals' mental health and wellbeing. The sessions are specially structured to engage girls who have previously struggled in other clubs, and classes are attended by girls with all kinds of difficulties including low self-esteem, anxiety and autism. Some girls come along to act as peer role models and this has proved to be a great success. For more information about Fiit like a Girl and Satellite Clubs please click here.
Our own Achieve programme is targeted specifically at areas of deprivation on the Scarborough coast and has a range of outcomes to designed to inspire young people to create a brighter future for themselves by supporting the development of skills and opportunities in their local area. The outcomes we want to get to by using sporting champions to lead the programme include: Increase resilience, perseverance and persistence, improved social, physical and emotional well being, improved self confidence and self esteem. For more information on the Achieve programme please click here.
Early Bird Run with Partners
To mark World Mental Health day today we have partnered with North Yorkshire County Council and Early Bird Running Crew to hold an early morning run and walk to help get people active and raise awareness for improving mental health. Early Bird founder Ben Dave used running as a way of coping with the mental health problems that he has experienced in the past and has also seen a dramatic transformation in his physical fitness and weight. He also ran a complete lap of Yorkshire in 2018!
Ben said: "I'm really interested in how we can use running to build communities to support people with mental health issues. If people are suffering from loneliness or isolation, or mild depression or social anxiety, how can we use running to help people combat that? Because that's what I did.
Richard Webb, the County Council's director of Health and Adult Services who joined us on this morning's run commented Richard said:
"Ben's lap of Yorkshire run inspired me to take up running. And it has also helped me to cope with some difficult times in my life. Mental Health is something I am passionate about in my day job."
Also as part of today's campaign, we have signed up to support the #21by21 initiative spearheaded by the Sport for Development coalition. The campaign, which is being supported by 11 organisations and spearheaded by the Sport for Development Coalition, aims to encourage 21,000 community sport coaches to become trained in mental health awareness by the year 2021. To find out more about how the campaign works, including the 11 major organisations who are behind it, click here.
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