StreetGames & London Sport have announced that they are working in partnership to help sports and youth organisations to improve the mental health and wellbeing of London’s young people. The partnership will contribute to The Sport for Development Coalition’s #21by21 campaign to ensure that 21,000 sports and community leaders are mental health aware by 2021

London Sport are funding StreetGames to deliver Mental Health First Aid training to youth workers and sports coaches who are working in London’s most disadvantaged and under resourced communities.

The partnership will help increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of the community sports workforce so they are better equipped to support vulnerable young people who have poor mental health or are experiencing a mental health trauma.

James Gregory, Area Director for StreetGames said: “Youth workers, volunteers and sports coaches are positive role models for young people. This initiative will support them to support their young people and get them the help they need when experiencing mental health difficulties. Supporting positive mental health is a key part of our work to help disadvantaged young people to become healthier, safer and more successful.”

1 in 5 young people experience a mental health problem in any given year and those living in disadvantaged communities are three time more likely to experience poor mental health than their wealthier peers

Half of all long-term mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and three quarters by the age of 24.

 

Sport 4 Good

London Sport Specialist Advisor for Workforce, David Reader said:

“Mental health awareness should be recognised as a core competency, alongside physical first aid and safeguarding. At grassroots level, we need to give coaches and volunteers the confidence to step in when they see problems, and to create sessions that are inclusive and inviting.

We’re delighted to be working with StreetGames to help ensure there are more sporting activities taking place across the capital that are delivered in a way that make people feel comfortable and welcome, and that will ultimately move us closer to our vision of making London the most physically active city in the world.”

Because of this partnership, StreetGames will be delivering more mental health first aid training across London over the next two years. If you’re interested in attending a workshop, email [email protected] if you’re interested in hosting a workshop for your organisation and other local organisations, then email [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

#21by21

A national campaign to raise mental health awareness in sport by training 21,000 coaches & volunteers by 2021.

Issue

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and it is estimated that 1 in 6 of us will have experienced a common mental health problem in the last week. 

1 in 5 young people experience a mental health problem in any given year. This is even higher in London’s most disadvantaged areas due to certain risks and environmental factors that contribute to a young person’s mental health and wellbeing. Half of all long-term mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and three quarters by the age of 24.

Evidence

A growing body of evidence connects participation in sport with positive wellbeing and the prevention and treatment of mild to moderate mental health conditions.  The beneficial effect is not intrinsic; it must be levered by using the right combination of setting, choice and style of activity.  The personal and professional competencies of the coach and volunteers in creating the right environment are critical.

Policy

The UK Government’s attention has been drawn to the potential that sport may be harvested for a range of health, social and economic benefits, including improved mental health.  Physical and mental health policy is in alignment, and a ‘whole systems’ approach, especially in regard to young people’s mental health, is being implemented.  Asset-based community development approaches, that involve people and statutory agencies co-producing solutions to entrenched, societal problems, are increasing.

Campaign

At meetings on 3rd August 2018 in London and 18th September in Cardiff, 41 national and regional agencies came together, including UK Coaching, Sport Wales, MHFA England, Training in Mind (Wales), Rethink, the SRA, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Street League, ukactive, Premier League, Welsh Football Trust, Swim England and the RFU. 

The product was the #21by21 campaign to raise mental health awareness, through training, other activities and resources, across the whole sport and physical activity sector.  With the consensus of the sector, the Sport for Development Coalition will lead the campaign.  #21by21 represents a banner under which existing programmes, such as those being delivered by Mind, StreetGames and UK Coaching may be promoted and new ones developed, for the good of the UK population.

 

Call to Action