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How is my Mental Health? 

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26th November 2020

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Welcome to the Why Sports Mental Health  webinar

As efforts increase to slow down the spread of COVID-19, leisure and cultural facilities close, open and close again throughout Europe and the wider world. Many people can no longer follow their usual routines. The Why Sports Mental Health webinar will explore the impact that the current restrictions are having on the nations mental health and will share advice and tools to enable us to understand, manage and open up about our feelings. 

Although the stigma of mental health is shifting, our mental health remains an issue for everyone. We all have times when we feel down, stressed, scared or frightened. With time, for most of us, these feelings will pass, but sometimes those feelings can develop into a more serious problem. Your mental health does not always follow the playbook. As you enter certain or different stages of your life your mental health can evolve and cause us to feel isolated, anxious, depressed, stressed or can lead to severe and enduring mental health problems conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.    

The stigma associated with mental health problems means that many people don't feel they can share their feelings. This means people sometimes feel uncomfortable speaking about their experiences but it is healthy to know and to share how you are feeling. 

"There's plenty of evidence that taking part in physical activity can have a profound and positive impact on mental wellbeing. Being physically active can improve mood, decrease the chance of depression and anxiety and lead to a better and more balanced lifestyle" - Sport England

Physical activity is not only great for your body but it's great for your mind too. Research has shown that physical activity activates and releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel good, boost your self-esteem, enhance concentration, improve our body image and helps our sleep patterns. All of this for free! 

There are many ways that we can be active and inturn improve our mental health. Taking part in a regular activity can increase our ability to meet old and new friends/colleagues and can be a well-earned break away from the rigours of day to day life. 

This must-attend webinar will illustrate the benefits of physical activity to our body and mind,  the varied countrywide opportunities and support networks and how as a nation we can furthermore understand and embrace our mental health.

Webinar Start 
Opening Address - Welcome to the Webinar
Yvonne Harrison, Director, Foundation 92
Setting The Scene
Hayley Jarvis. Head of Physical Activity, Mind
  • The relationship between physical activity and mental health.
  • Is calling physical activity a magic pill too simplistic for the mental health challenge?
  • How Mind is supporting people to get active during the pandemic - including the We Are Undefeatable campaign and Get Set to Go programme.
  • Together we can achieve more. Resources to support, physical activity and mental health sectors - our challenge to achieve parity of esteem with physical health and embed this work across the sector.
The Effects of COVID-19 on Disabled People
Jess Cook. National Partnerships Advisor, Activity Alliance 
  • The effects the pandemic has made to disabled people and their mental health.
  • Staying active at home. 
Expert by Experience (From Mind)
Deborah will share her mental health and physical activity story including;
  • The impact it had on her mental health.
  • The impact COVID-19 has had on her mental health.
  • Why physical activity isn't a priority right now - highlighting the barriers she is experiencing as a result of the pandemic.
  • How physical activity providers and mental health services can support Deborah and people experiencing enduring mental health problems to get active.
Swimming Lessons - cold water, mental health and me.
Rachel Ashe. Director, Mental Health Swim
  • Memories that have disappeared. How disassociation saved my life. 
  • Why I choose kindness as an act of rebellion.
  • How cold water sparked a fire in me.
  • The growth of Mental Health Swims - celebrating the power of cold water and community. 
  • The future of peer support and social prescribing. Empower me to empower myself. 
  • How you can help!
Questions  and Answers
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