Box In Mind

England Boxing supporting Mind’s Mental Health Champions Toolkit

July 30, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny


Mental health charity Mind has launched a new toolkit – which is being backed by England Boxing – for clubs and groups that want to support the mental health of their members, participants, staff and volunteers.

One in four of us experiencing a mental health problem each year, meaning it’s vital it is addressed.

But it can often be hard for people to start the conversation with coaches and instructors. In fact, almost 70% of people with mental health problems say they wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about their mental health in a sports setting.

The Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Mental Health (SPAWMH) Survey from Edge Hill University in association with DOCIAsport and supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (2019) found:

  • 57% of respondents had experienced mental health problems at some point in their lives.
  • 23% were experiencing mental health problems at the time of completing the survey.
  • 35% of respondents knew of others within their organisation who were experiencing a diagnosed mental health problem, with 75% reporting they knew between one and three people.
  • 17% of respondents had received support for their mental health from someone in their organisation.

The Mental Health Champions Toolkit is designed to help break down barriers and help clubs support their members. It introduces the idea of mental health champions, and provides guidance on establishing a mental health champions scheme.

You can find out more and download the toolkit here.

Mind return to Sport Posters

Mind have also issued a series of posters that consider people’s concerns and worries about returning to sport following the Coronavirus lockdown.

You can view them by clicking on the relevant link.

9 things you might be feeling about lockdown

10 tips to help athletes return back to sport

10 tips to help you return to sport and exercise

How coaches can support athletes who are returning to sport

What to do if you are struggling to get back into rhythm of exercise

August Box In Mind Bitesize sessions

Don’t forget that our free, online Box In Mind sessions are available on dates throughout August.

If you wish to book a place on one of these sessions, please got the Box In Mind course page on the England Boxing website, by clicking here.