The MIND West Midlands Physical Activity Network
Led by Sport Birmingham, in partnership with the five other WM Active Partnerships, the WMCA, Newman University, StreetGames, local MIND centres and other stakeholders, we are committed to working together to increase the number of service providers who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people with mental health problems in sport and physical activity.
We will do this through the new MIND WM Regional Network hub, by creating a platform for networking, shared learning and taking positive action to improve how we work together across sectors.
Over an 18 month period, each hub will aim to engage and support a minimum of 70 organisations in their region and upskill 160 people, such as coaches, volunteers and staff in mental health awareness.
We want to hear from you if you are an individual or organisation that would benefit from MIND's NEW Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity+ (MHASPA+) eLearning training or other mental health and inclusive workshops.
Over 35,000 coaches enrolled on the first release of the course (several hundred of these coming from the West Midlands alone!), which has now been updated to enhance the learning experience and to make it more inclusive.
In addition to the above, we want to create opportunities to come together in order to encourage co-production, share ideas, capture experiences and learn from one another in an open and inclusive environment.
While this is challenging given the current situation with COVID-19, we aim to stay connected and support one another to look after our mental and physical health in the months ahead. You can do this by following us on Twitter @MHtSport and keeping in touch with the programme nationally via #MindActiveNetwork. You can also send your enquiry to us directly via the following contact form.
How you can get involved
If you'd like to be part of this growing MIND Regional Network in the West Midlands or want to get in touch with us about accessing training and resources, Please complete this short online form