#runandtalk

#runandtalk is supported by Mind, the mental health charity, and aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

• getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma.
• providing support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems.
•  supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run

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The program has 4 main areas:

  1. Mental Health Champions and Ambassadors
    A network of volunteers in England Athletics affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups promoting mental wellbeing through running and supporting the aims of #runandtalk.
  2. Mental Health Charter
    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.
  3. Partnerships
    A partnership with Mind, the mental health charity which provides expertise around mental health.
  4. Campaigns (currently 2)
    Twice a year during a one-week period linked to Time to Talk Day (January/February) and World Mental Health Day (October) our digital campaign #runandtalk encourages people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners whilst doing it. This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics affiliated club or RunTogether group.
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Mental Health Champions

As part of the #runandtalk programme we aim to establish a network of volunteers across affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups in England to:

  • promote mental wellbeing through running by supporting the aims of #runandtalk
  • work with their club/group to support its members to improve their mental health through running
  • support new people who are experiencing mental health problems to start running, get back into running, or continue running

Our aim is to one day have a Mental Health Champion in every England Athletics affiliated club and RunTogether group in England so that people experiencing mental health problems can access the benefits of running in a supported way.

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The Role of a Mental Health Champion

Mental Health Champions will:

  • Be nominated and appointed by an England Athletics affiliated club or RunTogether group.
  • Have lived experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend.
  • Have an open and non-judgmental attitude.
  • Adopt a positive, patient and supportive approach towards supporting people with mental health problems.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Behave in a professional, confidential and non-discriminatory manner at all times and promote equal opportunities for all.

Along with any other Mental Health Champions from the club/group they will:

  • Support #runandtalk campaigns and register an organised run for each event.
  • Provide crisis contacts to their club/group.
  • Be a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems to join the club/group.
  • Encourage and promote conversations about mental health.
  • Make links with mental health organisations in the community.
  • Actively promote mental wellbeing and running

Please note any Mental Health Champions supporting anyone under the age of 18 should be DBS checked.  

Mental Health Champions do not act as a practitioner for providing mental health support but will be provided with information and guidance on how to help someone access support.

How to Join #runandtalk

RunTogether groups can apply to be part of the #runandtalk programme and appoint Mental Health Champion(s) on their behalf. Once appointed Mental Health Champions are provided with guidance and advice to support them in the role along.

Applications will be taken 4 times a year during application windows which will open for a month at a time. Those groups that apply will be contacted at the end of the month window with further information. Applications are now open from 1st-31st May 2018 here.

Further application windows will be open in July 2018, October 2018 and January 2019.

For further information contact disability@englandathletics.org

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APPLY TO JOIN #RUNANDTALK HERE