Active in Mind

YST Active in Mind
This programme uses psycho-social tools, stress-busting strategies, peer mentoring and physical activity to support young people experiencing mental wellbeing issues.

Active in Mind is funded through Sport England National Lottery funding. It targets young people (Key Stage 2 and above) who are experiencing low level mental health issues and part of a wellbeing support programme in their school (pastoral support or counselling) or in Tier 1 or 2 Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The projects create a nurture group environment for those young people most in need of support. The primary outcomes are to address inactivity and develop positive behaviours, provide a safe environment for young people to share personal insight and experiences with their peers and support mental health issues.

Each project is supported by a named and trained Wellbeing Champion (lead adult member of staff) and delivered through a small team of Young Mental Health Champions who receive advanced training on developing strategies to improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress and anxiety.

Free Digital Resources - accessible for all

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. To support young people during this time, take a look at the resources down the right hand side of this page. We hope these resources help young people now and prepare them for their return to school. They include:

  • Our free Active in Mind poster
  • Top tips video playlist from our Athlete Mentors for managing mental health
  • Three videos from our Senior Athlete Mentor, Rachael Mackenzie, to guide you.

Targeted Resources – for nurture groups

We have developed five workshops for teachers and school staff to deliver to pupils who may be experiencing mental health issues. Resources include:

  1. Active in Mind mentor cards
  2. Poster for nurture group
  3. Teacher and staff members delivery matrix (five workshops)
  4. Teacher and staff member presentation for nurture group

For further information on the national programme supported by our team of inspiring Athlete Mentors, please contact:

Louise Gray
Development Manager
louise.gray@youthsporttrust.org
07827 830619