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British Orienteering is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week
14 – 20 May 2018


British Orienteering is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week (14 - 20 May, 2018), and this year it’s on the theme of 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.

The Mental Health Foundation charity explains more on their website:

While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it can lead to a range of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.  

The website offers a wealth of information, resources and even a means to measure your stress.

Did you know?

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the mind and the body.

More and more people are discovering that orienteering is a fun and challenging activity that gets them exploring the great outdoors. They are gaining new skills in finding their way in unknown terrain and crossing rough and sometimes hilly ground. You are always discovering somewhere new! It's a competitive sport with something for everyone, from 10-year-olds to grandpas and grandmas.

The sport of orienteering offers many benefits, but its foremost attraction is that it is fun!

The aim is to navigate between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course. 

What are you waiting for?
Orienteering is an exciting adventure sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels. 

Orienteering is a great way to spend more time with your family and friends. You can take part in local orienteering activities or events.
UK events are listed here. You can contact your local orienteering club who will be happy to welcome you. This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. UK orienteering clubs are listed here.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are also a great way to get outside and go orienteering with family and friends. A great way to keep in touch and chat whilst you explore outdoors at a time and place that suits you all. Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.

Xplorer is also suitable for young families looking to get into orienteering and take place across the year. Xplorer activities are listed here.

Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?

This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

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