The situation the world faces now is unprecedented and there are very few who have experienced situations such as this. Many people will find these times challenging both in working and personal life. Running for many may have been an avenue to release stresses and anxieties, but again due to challenges this may be limited. It is important that as a club we offer the support to our members during this time so that whatever challenges we face, we come through them.
To help support our members mental wellbeing during this time, the club has extended it’s team of Mental Health Champions. Any one of the following people are there to talk to you, please don’t hesitate to speak to them if you need support.
- Sil Clay
- Clair Nagorski
- Steve Oglesby
- Gail Bevan
- Rhiannon Beal
- Kelly Mepham
- Carl Oldford
- Karen Iron
Signposting to mental health support
Our Mental Health Champions do not act as practitioners for providing mental health support. Mind, the mental health charity, have a guide explaining a range of services that are available, how you can help and when to access them. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services/#.XJDJbCj7Q2x
Additional Support for England athletes
Athletes representing England, but who do not benefit from support through the World Class Programme (WCP), can also access mental health services and support following UKA’s appointment of Priory Healthcare. Non-programme athletes can access a clear self-referral signposting system to quickly access a nationwide network of mental health expertise via the Priory’s Wellbeing Centres and Hospitals. Whilst athletes are still advised to seek referral via their GP in the first instance, there is a recognition that pressures on GPs and the NHS mean that athletes may need to seek access to a private referral system both promptly and confidentially. https://www.uka.org.uk/governance/welfare-and-safeguarding/athlete-support-pathway/
Other areas for support
England Athletics also have lots of useful information and links on their website.