Mental Health Champions

England Athletics #RunAndTalk programme aims to have a mental health champion in every England Athletics affiliated club so that people experiencing mental health problems can access the benefits of running in a supported way. Southampton Athletics Club have established two mental health champions.  We want to help reduce the stigma that is associated with poor mental health and help people realise the benefits of healthy lifestyle.
The mental health champions aim to:
Promote mental wellbeing through running by supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk
Work with the club 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. Take a look at our mental health support page to find additional information.

Our champions are not able to provide individual or emergency support for people experiencing mental health problems or in crisis. Similarly, unless they are qualified to do so the champions won’t provide leadership or coaching advice. They work with the UKA qualified leaders and coaches at their club to help people to run safely and meet their goals.

More on mental health champions can be found on the England Athletics website.