Today marks six years since the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Professional Players Federation and Mind launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to actively challenge the stigma around mental health in the sporting world.
Since 2015, more than 450 signatories have pledged their support for the Charter, with each one committing to taking direct action to help make sport and physical activity across the country more mental health friendly.
As the sector prepares to reopen once more, we are reminded of the potential for sport and recreation to help tackle many of the pressures people from all walks of life face, particularly those that have developed and been exacerbated over the past 12 months.
To celebrate the Charter’s sixth birthday, we asked our signatories to tell us more about the progress they’ve made in this area since joining the movement, the effects of the pandemic on their sport and its participants, and their hopes and vision for mental health in the sector in the next five years.
Hear from England Athletics, the Karate Union of Great Britain, Swim England, and many more in the following video. To watch the full length video featuring all members click here.
If you are interested in signing-up to the Charter or would like further information, please visit our Mental Health Charter webpage.