Today as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to promote the huge benefits being physically active can have on your mental wellbeing. As part of the Athlete Inspire Programme we were treated to an appearance by Hannah Stevenson, up and coming British Skeleton athlete, at a Bristol Active Life Project (BALP) football session in Bristol. She had the opportunity to chat to the group about how they benefit and manage their mental health by being active and the enjoyment they get from coming together each week as a group. Hannah has been involved in sport her whole life – formerly as a sprinter but now has her sights firmly set on a medal at the winter olympics in Beijing 2022 as part of Team GB.
Quote from Hannah ‘I am super excited to get involved with Mental Health Awareness week, and think sport is a great way to get people together. Being so heavily involved in sport growing up has definitely helped me through some difficult times. It’s great that there are initiatives around like BALP to provide services for those struggling with their mental health.