In November 2019, the mental health charity Mind 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 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 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 is led by a Hub (lead organisation), with one based in each of the nine English government regions. They receive support and funding from Mind. Hubs have autonomy and responsibility for designing, delivering and implementing their Regional Network.

Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity at Mind, 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.”

For more information about Mind’s Regional Networks please click here.

Organisations interested in getting involved with their nearest Regional Network should email sport@mind.org.uk.

 

The Herts Sports Partnership continue to be the Mind Regional Network Hub for the East of England

Watch the East of England Mind Network Launch Hub webinar from 2020

Tom Horey, HSP Health Officer, commented:

“The Herts Sports Partnership are very aware of the significant impact mental health problems can have on people. However, we also know how valuable involvement in sport and physical activity can be in helping to counteract this. As Mind’s East of England Regional Network Hub, we are passionate advocates for this in Hertfordshire and the wider region. We want to breakdown barriers to those with mental health concerns that may be reluctant to be involved in activity, while ensuring those running activities have sufficient knowledge around the impact of mental health to provide the necessary support.’”

Join the East of England Regional Network Hub

For more information about the East of England Regional Network Hub please contact Tom Horey.
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t.horey2@herts.ac.uk