Watch the East of England Mind Network Launch Hub webinar

This section of the website aims to provide you with information about what we mean by mental health; the mental health benefits of exercise; how to spot the signs if someone is experiencing poor mental health; and signposting to useful websites which provide a wealth of information and resources. Participation in sport and physical activity has a wide range of health benefits – for your mind and body, and for your social and emotional wellbeing. It can help to promote positive mental wellbeing.

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 until the 31st March 2021. Hubs have autonomy and responsibility for designing, delivering and implementing their Regional Network. Each Hub aims 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.

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

Join the East of England Regional Network Hub


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.”

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.

Alicja Polak
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a.polak@herts.ac.uk
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01707 285880