Sport is an integral part of our community, and can play a significant role in promoting the importance of mental health and well-being. The World Health Organisation estimates that one in four of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. NSPCC research into young people’s experience of sport found that 10% of young people involved in sport had self harmed. Mind research found that elite sportspeople fear admitting a mental health problem will affect their career. Many people at some point will be affected by poor mental health which can lead to self- harm.

What can you do to Promote mental health well being in your club or organisation?

  • Raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and well-being and how this can have an impact on physical health.
  • Raise awareness of the risks of self–harm and suicide within sport and steps to reduce these risks
  • Highlight the importance of training for coaches and volunteers to help them to recognise early signs of emotional difficulty and know how to respond
  • Create an environment where people can ask for help and support when needed.

For further information regarding 2 ½ hr Mental Health training please contact either organisation below;

 To arrange a session at your own club To enquire about one of the scheduled sessions
Aware Defeat DepressionAndrea KearnsEducation and Training Managerandrea@aware-ni.org028 9035 MindwiseAshleigh JonesHR and Training OfficerAshleigh.Jones@mindwisenv.org028 9040


Those clubs and groups hosting the training on their own premises for their members and supporters will also receive a Minding Your Head toolkit including training cones, bibs, banners and water bottles.

Mental Health and Well-being Through Sport is supported by the DfC, the Public Health Authority and Sport Northern Ireland