AoC Sport supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

AoC Sport is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

This year the focus is on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

As part of our remit, we advocate the benefits of sport and physical activity to help improve our mental health through projects and partnerships.

On our health page, we have a mental health resource, which is available to all members, with links to organisations that do lots of different promotional materials and videos in case you need further ideas.

Here is some of the recent work AoC Sport has delivered relating to mental health:

AoC Sport successful delivered two youth mental health first aid courses to colleges this month.

The course is designed to teach college staff how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help to young people on a first aid basis.

We also ran a webinar with a basic introduction to mental health for our FA Women’s Football Apprentices. The differences between mental health and mental illness as terms were discussed as well as what role sport can play with regards to mental health.

The feedback from the 10 apprentices was extremely positive, with each of them engaging openly with the subject matter.

For more information go to www.mentalhealth.org.uk