Sharing good practice for mental health support structures
By Sported | 13th December 2021
By Sported | 13th December 2021
Sported’s latest research was designed to capture the outcomes and learning from the Time in Mind project, where 23 pilot projects trialled different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health in their communities. The objective was to identify those elements of the projects that might usefully inform a model of good practice for other community groups interested in developing mental health support structures. It then aimed to propose a potential model of good practice based on this learning for consideration and use by the sector.
Where groups engaged with outside support, group leaders reported it as vital in the success of the projects. Groups valued external support because of the expertise/knowledge in mental health support of third-party partners, the variety it offered to the activities (for example, young people engaging with new faces), the networks of shared knowledge it created, and the fact that it made it easier to direct support to other appropriate agencies where necessary.
Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity at Mind:
“Sported’s Time in Mind report is a timely and insightful window into the important role community sports groups play in supporting young people’s mental health. The report shows how projects run by sport and physical activity groups can help in a variety of ways. From upskilling staff and empowering young people to build social networks with friends and peers, to providing safe spaces for them to talk about their wellbeing, and ultimately helping achieve positive change in their lives.
“We know from our research at Mind that the sport community can play a powerful role in supporting mental health. In our recent Physical Activity Impact Report 2018-2021 we recommended promoting success stories and examples of good practice in this sphere. The Time in Mind report does just that, revealing the brilliant work done by the project groups and exploring key learnings that can – and we hope will – inform other models of mental health support among community groups in the future. We have free resources available to support and they can be found on our website”
Nicola Walker, CEO Sported:
“Mental health is the number one issue that group leaders believe young people are facing in their communities. Encouragingly we know that young people feel they can talk to their group leaders/coaches; but this can place additional responsibility on community groups already handling so much.
Sported’s Time in Mind report reveals the innovative practices that have been developed by our members in their desire to respond positively to this challenge. The report aims to provide learning into how these groups can best support the mental health of young people. It also reveals what outcomes occur as a result of such support and highlights the vital role of building relationships with local mental health organisations for signposting young people to further mental health support.
We are pleased to share it with the sector and really hope that the proposed model can help inform the work of other organisations on a mission to support young people in similar ways.”