Mental Health

What can you do to promote mental health well being in your club or organisation?

Sport NI have provided the following suggestions;

-Raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and well-being and how this can have an impact on physical health.

-Raise awareness of the risks of self–harm and suicide within sport and steps to reduce these risks

-Highlight the importance of training for coaches and volunteers to help them to recognise early signs of emotional difficulty and know how to respond

-Create an environment where people can ask for help and support when needed.

For further information please see the Sport NI website

Sport Northern Ireland are offering Paddle Clubs the opportunity to organise a free mental health and wellbeing workshop for their members through Action Mental Health or Aware.

Please read the leaflets above to find out more and to register for either course please contact Marie-Therese Higgins at Sport NI at or see the contacts on the Sport NI website

Those clubs and groups hosting the 2.5 hour training on their own premises for their members and supporters will also receive a Minding Your Head toolkit including training cones, bibs, banners and water bottles.

The NSPCC also have good practice resources on promoting good mental health and wellbeing. For details please see the NSPCC website