Mental health and wellbeing
Every year, one-in-four of us will experience a mental health problem
Being physically active and socially engaged can positively affect our mental wellbeing. Here at Wesport we are committed to working together with both the sport and physical activity sector as well as those organisations that support people with their mental health care, to create opportunities that make a big difference to the mental wellbeing of people across the West of England.
There are many great projects already helping people who are experiencing or are vulnerable to mental health issues, to become more active. We all want to make the biggest impact we can through this work and tackle any stigma around mental health.
Get Set to Go
Get Set to Go is a national programme run by local Mind's and funded through Sport England. Locally, Bath Mind has recently been awarded funding to roll out across the Bath & NE Somerset area. Click here to read their initial press release.
The project offers people with poor mental health the chance to try our a new sporting activity that's right for them and also offers a trained peer supporter to help them move into existing community sports activity.
We are supporting the project by promoting the Mental Health Awareness workshops to those delivering sport across the area. Click here to book on any upcoming courses.
On and Off the Pitch
We are working with Off the Record to run a Big Lottery funded project called 'On and Off the Pitch' across Bristol and S Glos. This is a great opportunity to tackle mental health stigma, promote the benefits of being active on your mental wellbeing and train up sports coaches/volunteers as well as young sport club members, to help spread the health promotion message. We are currently working with 6 local sport clubs cross Bristol and S Glos and hope to be able to upscale the project. Please view the project overview in the downloads section to the right, or contact Lisa Wood if you wish to know more about the project Lisa.Wood@wesport.org.uk
Bristol Active Life Project (BALP)
BALP works in partnership with people who experience Severe and Enduring Mental illness (SMI) by enabling them to improve their own health and wellbeing through taking part in sport and exercise opportunities in the local community. Through physical activity it is possible to facilitate healthy lifestyles resulting in improved physical and mental health and quality of life. Participating in regular physical activity in community leisure facilities helps to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination enabling people with SMI to have equal opportunity to live their lives to the maximum of their potential and to gain confidence, improve self-esteem and learn new skills. BALP addresses the wider health needs and lifestyle issues of people with SMI through the provision of groups which consider diet, exercise and smoking cessation. The service is also available in other areas across the West of England - click here
The swimming sector has released the next chapter in the #LoveSwimming campaign encouraging adults, in particular females, to escape the stresses of busy life by making time for a swim at their local pool.
‘Escape’ reflects the extremes of fast-paced modern life and the impact it can have on your mental health, in stark comparison to the unique environment offered by swimming.
Swimming provides the ultimate block to external stimuli. The inability to see almost anything except the line at the bottom of the pool and hear nothing but your rhythmic breathing creates the ultimate moving meditation.