Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Welcome to the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022: Mental Health and Wellbeing Award. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Award celebrates clubs/programmes which use the power of sport and recreation to promote and enhance positive wellbeing. They are ambassadors for promoting good health and wellbeing policies. It’s well known that participating in sport, recreation and physical activity improves your mental health and wellbeing, and we think it’s important to recognise those initiatives that directly focus on this.

Entries for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award are now closed. The finalists for the 2022 Mental Health and Wellbeing Award are:

Swimming Teachers’ Association

To try and help children recover from the psychological effects of the pandemic, the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) commissioned Dr Alexandra Barnett, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, to create the 17-page Wellbeing and Mindfulness Activity Booklet for Children.

These unique teaching resources, which contain 30 different mindfulness activities, have been specially designed to help swimming teachers care for, and support young learners' wellbeing and mindfulness during lessons. The wellbeing and mindfulness resources have been specifically written and adapted to be used both in and out of the water – encouraging open, positive conversations during and outside of swimming lessons.

The activities can also be adapted to help adults who are learning to swim, and the booklet also comes with a Wellbeing Parent Pack, so that the skills can continue to be learned and spoken about when at home.

ROKT Foundation

Based in West Yorkshire, ROKT Foundation is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that uses climbing and ‘active urban adventure’ as a catalyst for change in supporting vulnerable groups.

In partnership with Invictus Wellbeing, ROKT Foundation supports children and young people from the ages of 12-17 with mental health resilience. Invictus Wellbeing offer workshops for young people struggling with their mental health before ROKT Foundation provide fun group taster sessions in activities including climbing, abseiling, caving and bouldering. They also aim to support adults’ mental health, working closely with the ‘Insight’ Early Intervention Psychosis Team to help people manage mental health through physical activity.

In the past 10 months they have secured £20,000 to support young people’s mental health programmes and £10,000 to support adult mental health programmes. To date, they have supported more than 70 young people and 50 adults through various programmes.

Newcastle United Foundation

Newcastle United Foundation – the charitable arm of football club Newcastle United – identified male suicide and a high drug mortality rate (both linked to mental health challenges) as areas the Foundation, which reaches over 60,000 people a year, could aim to help with.

Their Be A Game Changer programme targets fans who do not engage with traditional wellness campaigns or use NHS services often, but are inspired by their football club, so the programme’s messaging is tailored around football. It enables the Foundation to reach people who may have never engaged with a similar programme before, with sleep and stress workshops, men’s health workshops, walking football and peer support groups – many of which are held at St James’ Park to increase potential reach. There are also 26 local clubs signed up as Be A Game Changer Champions, who champion awareness in the community.

In memory of a Newcastle United fan who tragically took his own life, they hosted a Be A Game Changer Quiz for 25,000 fans, with contributions from Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Ant and Dec, and Gabby Logan, where five mental health services were also invited to share information about how they can help.

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