tacklingstigma has been in contact with the mental health charter for sport and recreation’s policy advisor, Hannah Dobbin. The Alliance recently surpassed its one year anniversary and Hannah has written a blog to reflect on its development and how it has made an impact.
The Charter was created after the sport and recreation sector came together to make a positive impact about mental health. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, elite athlete ambassadors and school children at the Oval cricket ground.
240 signatories have committed to tackling the stigma associated with mental health.
Hannah explains how the Alliance has been a platform for cultural change and they have gone from strength to strength in their first year.
Recently, they teamed up with Mind where both organisations ran a Parliamentary drop-in session in aid of their one year anniversary. The Alliance were very excited to meet 24 MP’s and Peers, including two Government Ministers, and a couple of Shadow Ministers, who all signed-up to support the cause.
The mental health charter for sport and recreation highlighted the public support they receive when they issued a press release:
- 80% of people agree their mental health is improved if they exercise or are physically active
• 84% of people believe that the Government should invest more money in mental health sport and physical activity programmes
• 85% agreed that GPs, nurses and pharmacists should promote sport and physical activity as a treatment to help people with their mental health
They wish to gain further support from the Government as well as investment to collaborate mental health and physical activity programmes. Their aims going forward are to build an influencing strategy to achieve this.