Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health

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.


We have also put together a blog with information and resources to help clubs and coaches support their members mental health. Click here to access the resources.

Every Mind Matters is here to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.


Mind have some great resources and training available on their website which use the power of sport and physical activity to raise awareness and tackle mental health stigmas. Click here to access their website.

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 delivered a project with 6 local sport clubs across Bristol and S Glos and hope to be able to upscale this 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

Open Minds Active Swim Sessions

A lot of our community investment through The Tackling Inequalities/The Together Fund has had a focus on improving the mental health and wellbeing of our local communities.

Our partners Open Minds Active have been delivering female only adult learn to swim lessons. In 2020 they set up a programme to encourage adult women of colour to learn to swim. They offer learn to swim programmes in a private, fun and welcoming environment.

The impact these sessions have had on the groups mental health, confidence and wellbeing is really powerful. Watch the video below to hear from some of the members of the swim group.