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Mental Heath Ambassadors

by Maggie Wares on August 27th, 2016

Brighton & Hove Womens Running Club are very pleased and proud to have Mental Health Ambassadors appointed by England Athletics at our Club.

These Ambassadors are committed to improving mental well being through running, our Ambassadors can be contacted through the club or directly:

carol@brightonrunner.co.uk

klj600@btinternet.com (Lisa)

lucyjaneroughley@hotmail.co.uk

 

B&HWRC recognise that running has so many health benefits both mentally and physically including:

  • Reduced anxiety and happier moods through the release of endorphins
  • Reduced feelings of stress as your body is better able to control cortisol levels
  • Clearer thinking by breaking up racing thoughts
  • Greater sense of calm with space to think things over
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of achievement
  • Reduced risk of depression as evidenced by research studies

The objectives of Mental Health Ambassadors are to:

  • Support – Proactively support the mental wellbeing of club members and provide information about local services and organisations that can offer further dedicated support
  • Promote & Advocate – Share information about England Athletics #runandtalk and other related campaigns
  • Talk – Be available for conversations about mental health with other club members

The B&HWRC  Mental Health Ambassadors are there to provide positive, open and non-judgmental support.

 

World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health, is on 10 October each year.

10 October is World Mental Health Day and England Athletics and Mind are asking as many clubs as possible to support their runandtalk initiative during that week. The aim is to organise a short run to promote how running supports good mental health and to break down the stigma about mental health by encouraging people to talk about it. These runs will be happening right across the country.
So the club is organising a 30 minute out and back run at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12 October, starting at the King Alfred Leisure Centre car park entrance (seafront side). It’s open to men and women, and runners and non runners. We will accommodate walking, jogging and running. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards we’ll have a drink and a chat at the nearby Better Half pub in Hove.

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