The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was developed by the sector for the sector with the support of mental health charity Mind and Time to Change.
The Charter aims to:
create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation
encourage people to talk about mental health
support people to seek help and support when needed
By signing up to the Charter, British Orienteering commits to:
promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice
promote positive messages using diverse role models and ambassadors
support a pan-sport approach and share resources and best practice
monitor performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues
Over 150 organisations signed-up to the Charter within three months including British Orienteering. We’re proud to be one of those organisations and are committed to taking positive action around mental health. We are currently working on a Mental Health Charter action plan which will outline how we will use orienteering to support good mental well-being, tackle stigma and support all orienteering providers to better understand mental health.
We are looking for ambassadors to help advocate and support our work around mental health. If you have experience of mental health conditions and would like to find out more about being an ambassador please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Mental Health as the subject and we’ll be in touch with more information.
If you’d like to join us as a signatory on the mental health charter, you can sign up here http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter
What have we done so far?
The British Orienteering Development Team are working with Mind, the mental health charity, to pilot orienteering activities.
See our full action plan here:
Where can I find support?