Are you OK? Really OK? If not please start the conversation – visit this page for contact details of people and organisations that can help.
At BF we believe it is important to keep conversations about mental health and wellbeing going. We recognise that sport can be both part of a solution but also part of the problem (for example the additional stresses faced by competitive fencers seeking GBR selection).
One in four people experience issues with their mental health. We want to help our fencing coaches, clubs and communities to support people experiencing issues. This page contains a variety of links and resources which can be used by anyone seeking to create a more supportive environment in fencing.
The most important step is to create an environment where conversations can start. Ask people if they are OK. Ask them twice. And know that there are plenty of places to signpost people to if you feel you can’t provide the support necessary.
On this page you can find out how to:
Using the right language
Its important to use the right language when talking about mental health. The SRA have published a language and terminology factsheet to help you.
Understanding more about the topic
Mind has lots of useful information and resources around mental health.
Find out about the most commonly discussed mental health problems, including possible causes and how to access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family:
• Types of mental health problems
• Tips for everyday living – staying mentally well
• Guidance on terminology and imagery
You can read more specifically about sport, physical activity and mental health here.
Mental Health in sport was the first topic we covered when we launched our BF podcast – In episode 1 we interviewed Jo Kowalski of social movement Time to Change, Paul Davis of the Paul Davis Fencing Academy and Team GB sabreur JJ Webb for a fascinating insight into mental health in our sport.
Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching
Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching animation – UK Coaching in partnership with Mind and with support from Public Health England (PHE) have developed a short animation and infographics as an introduction for coaches and physical activity providers.
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity is a three-hour, in-house course aimed at sport and physical activity providers, coaches, sports administrators, front of house staff and volunteers. There is also an e-learning option.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. BF is currently in the process of developing a course which will be available to all members.
Mind have developed a toolkit to support organisations to provide sport and physical activity services for people with mental health problems, topics include;
Other useful resources:
Local support from Mind
Local Minds support over 400,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
Each local Mind is an independent charity run by local people, for local people. Each is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides, but all are affiliated to Mind.
Time to Change
Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. You can find out more and access Time to Talk resources here.
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