Sport in Mind are a unique Berkshire based charity with a simple mission – improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity. Their work has gained national acclaim, recently being presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (The highest award a charity can win). Locally the Charity is the Pride of Reading Charity of the year.
As the UK’s leading mental health sports charity, Sport in Mind delivers their innovative physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS in order to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation, build self-esteem and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.
Their services, which are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals, have supported over 14,000 people experiencing mental illness since their inception in 2010.
The below findings demonstrate the impact Sport in Mind’s work has on the lives of their participants who engage in the bespoke programmes for six months:
- 94% had improved mental well-being
- 86% displayed reduced levels of stress and anxiety
- 82% had reduced symptoms of depression
- 91% had highlighted improved levels of self-esteem / confidence
- 84% had improved physical health
The charity’s services are delivered in the community and in inpatient settings to ensure that anyone experiencing mental health problems, irrespective of how unwell they are, has the opportunity to benefit from sport and physical activity.