Stafford Harriers is a road running club committed to supporting the #RunandTalk initiative led by England Athletics and supported by Mind the mental health charity, which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through running in England by;
- Getting people to talk about mental health, sharing experiences and removing stigma
- Supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is in starting, returning or continuing to run.
Whilst we cannot provide mental health support we are able to listen and point Harriers in the right direction of organisations who can.
The impact of getting active on mental health is;
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Mood
- Improves Sleep
- Lifts Self Esteem
- Slows Cognitive Decline
- Lowers Risk of Depression
Adapted from Sports England 2017.
At Stafford Harriers we hold a number of different sessions for beginners running through to the progression level for more advanced runners. All sessions are based in and around Stafford.
Each session is led by Run Leaders accredited by England Athletics and we have a number of mental health champions to make links between the club and mental health organisations to encourage people to start running.
Why not come along to try us out? We operate a “try before you join policy” which means you are invited to try out any sessions over a two-week period to enable you to establish which suits you best.
Tom Davall & Mark Oliver,
Mental Health Champion,
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Minds Crisis services and planning for a crisis
Worldwide directory of emotional support helplines.
C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line)
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Directory of helplines available in the UK which you can search to find support suited to you.
0300 123 3393 (Monday–Friday 9am–6pm)
Details of local Minds and other local services, and Mind's Legal Advice Line. Language Line is available for talking in a language other than English.
Mind Recovery Net
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Produces clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including guidance about joint crisis plans.
Next Generation Text Service
Provides a talk/type relay service for anyone who has difficulty hearing or being understood when speaking over the phone. The cost of making phone calls through this service depends on your telephone service provider.
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