Community Mental Health Champions
Community Mental Health Champions are a local group of volunteers who promote the benefits of sport and physical activity to maintain and improve mental health in our local communities.
About the role
Mental Health Champion’s role is to support people with mental health problems so that they can access the benefits of physical activity. They’ll promote positive effects of physical activity on mental health within their clubs and signpost to relevant mental health services when needed. Champions are not expected to provide mental health support in the role. The Champions will attend meetings to share experiences and collectively work on ideas for local activation of campaigns.
What we would like Champions to consider doing if they can commit to spending more time in the role:
- Actively promote positive mental wellbeing through means of physical activity within your club/group
- Make links between your club/group with local mental health groups and organisations to encourage their members to be more physically active
- Tweet to support our mental health campaigns
- Share our posts on social media
- Start conversations about mental health with your club/group members
- Share guidance and information from recognised sources like Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Public Health & NHS
Criteria/ Candidate specification:
- Must have completed Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity Course
- Be a positive role model
- Have an open and non-judgemental attitude
- Have lived experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend
Code of conduct
All volunteers must:
- Consider the wellbeing and safety of others
- Promote the positive aspects of the sport and physical activity
- Encourage local community to take care of mental wellbeing through participation in sport and physical activity through engagement with campaigns and resources
- Never actively promote anti-social behaviour
- Shall not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other person on the ground of gender, race, disability, age, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, social background
Please contact Alicja Polak at A.Polak@Herts.ac.uk if you would like to discuss this further.