Why are we launching this programme?
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Research shows that being active improves our mental health and reduces our risk of developing depression by up to 30%, as well as playing a big role in supporting mental health recovery.
Over the past 2 years Sport Birmingham have been working closely with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and our evaluation partner, Newman University to deliver Moving Lives Healthy Minds, a social recovery project for over 25’s, diagnosed with Severe/Enduring ill mental health. Initial findings from the evaluation show the positive impact that participation in physical activity within a community setting has on service users confidence and social skills, as well as providing a sense of achievement and feeling of acceptance and normality within a group setting.
With our partners, Birmingham Mind, Sported, Living Well Consortium, Places Leisure, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and Aston Villa Foundation we are launching the Mental Health Champion Programme:
- To help raise awareness of Mental Health across Clubs/Organisations in the City.
- Support clubs/organisations to increase their knowledge, understanding and confidence in having positive conversations around Mental Health.
- Support referrals from professional organisations into local sport and physical activity opportunities and provide clubs/organisations with the knowledge to refer into professional services if required.
- Advocate the benefits of Sport and Physical Activity for maintaining and improving mental health.
What is a Community Mental Health Champion?
An individual who actively promotes and is an advocate for the benefits of sport and physical activity for maintaining and improving mental health in our local communities.
Key Skills Required
Passionate about the benefits of Sport and Physical Activity in maintaining and improving mental health
Confident to have positive conversations around mental health
An open and non-judgemental attitude
How could it benefit your club/organisation?
Increased and more diverse club membership.
Improved links with local community organisations.
Retention of club members due to improved support network.
Improved reputation/recognition of club/org within the community which could support with attracting funding.
What could your role involve?
This is a voluntarily role, so there are no expectations on the time you commit to it. Some examples include:
- Sharing good practice about mental health across the club/organisation through distributing posters/flyers & across social media
- Welcoming new members to the club.
- Encouraging positive conversations around mental health
- Signposting people to professional support if required.
- Organising tea/coffees after a session to allow members time to connect and socialise.
- Creating links with local mental health organisations
- Promoting National Mental Health Campaigns
*You aren’t expected to be a Mental Health Expert, advice and counselling should only be provided by professionals.
What support will you receive?
- Access to Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity E-Learning Course
- Option to undertake a Mental Health First Aid Course
- Access to resources to support you within your role.
- Becoming part of a network of ambassadors across the City where you can share best practice.
To sign up
- You must be aged 18+
- Your club/organisation must be based in Birmingham.
- Sport and Physical Activity doesn’t have to be the club/organisations primary purpose, however there should be some element of this in the work you do.
- Please complete the application here
You will receive an email to confirm we have received your application.
If you already have a similar role within your club/organisation we would also love to hear from you to share best practice and support with additional training opportunities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org