Running & Mental Wellbeing

Brighton & Hove Women's 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 wellbeing through running. Our Ambassadors, Carol, Justina, Sarah, Lisa and Alison, can be contacted through the club secretary.

BHWRC recognises 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

BHWRC  Mental Health Ambassadors are there to provide positive, open and non-judgmental support.

For more information about organisations that can support you see our resources page.

"I love running as it improves my wellbeing. It's the only time I get to think on my own and I feel great afterwards!"