Mental Health and Wellbeing

Stafford Harriers are committed to overcoming stigma and promoting the benefits of running for improving mental health and wellbeing.

Peter Williams

Mental Health Champion Leader
Running not only beefs up the quads but also brings benefits, especially when it comes to battling with such issues as anxiety and depression. I experienced these conditions over 30 years or so, and over that period running has always helped me in a number of ways. It doesn’t mean I don’t have the odd day here and there when I don’t feel great. However, what has been a major bonus for me over the last couple of years has been joining Stafford Harriers. The whole of the ‘Harrier’ family has welcomed me with open arms, within the running and feeling of belonging. Being able to contribute to our club is important to me.

Mark Oliver

Mental Health Champion
Mark says he has particular interest in promoting running as an opportunity for people to talk about their mental health at the same time as improving their physical health. Mark has completed a mental health first aid course through work and is keen to implement his knowledge through the Club.

Kim Walker

Mental Health Champion
Kim says for a while she has sort to improve her quality of life mainly through meditation, yoga and running. When she joined the Harriers on their beginners course she felt it improved her mental, emotional and physical wellbeing and wishes to help others achieve a happier life through running.

Minds Crisis services and planning for a crisis

Additional Info

Befrienders Worldwide

befrienders.org
Worldwide directory of emotional support helplines.

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line)

0800 123 737
callhelpline.org.uk
Provides listening services, information and support for people experiencing a mental health problem in Wales. Also provides a text messaging service.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight)
thecalmzone.net
Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide, including web chat (5pm–midnight).

Helplines Partnership

helplines.org
Directory of helplines available in the UK which you can search to find support suited to you.

Mind Infoline

0300 123 3393 (Monday–Friday 9am–6pm)
info@mind.org.uk
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

mindrecoverynet.org.uk
Publishes information on recovery colleges, including a searchable list of providers.

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (Sunday–Friday 2pm–11pm)
themix.org.uk
Support for under-25s including email support and text messaging.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

nice.org.uk
Produces clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including guidance about joint crisis plans.

Next Generation Text Service

ngts.org.uk
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.

NHS 111

call: 111
111.nhs.uk
Non-emergency medical help and advice for people living in England, and certain areas of Wales.

This information was published in October 2018 – to be revised in 2021. References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information see our page on permissions and licensing.