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Sport England and MIND tackling mental health together

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Sport England plans large scale programme to use sport to tackle mental health issues. 

Sport England has linked up with Mind, the mental health charity in an effort to use sport to improve the lives of 75,000 people experiencing mental health problems

Sport England has linked up with Mind, the mental health charity in an effort to use sport to improve the lives of 75,000 people experiencing mental health problems. The programme which will be rolled out in 2015 will run across eight areas in England,  will offer peer level support groups, sports  taster sessions and events to embed sport into everyday behaviours.

Mind will be the delivery agent, having secured £1.5 million of National Lottery funding.

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind said "Structured physical activity programmes can play a key role in someone’s recovery from a mental health problem, and in staying well long term. However, mental ill health in itself can create significant obstacles that prevent people from taking up sport in the first place. Feelings of low self-confidence, exhaustion or fear of crowded spaces can seem insurmountable when facing a mental health problem”.

Mind will launch a national awareness raisin campaign to support the programme, including an online community support initiative.

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