1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s roughly 3 children in every classroom. In 2017/18 some 18,870 children under the age of 11 were referred for specialist mental health support. Both the physical and mental benefits of engaging in physical activity are well documented as having an impact on mood, reducing stress and anxiety, and building emotional resilience and positivity.
Active in Mind offered peer mentoring support to young people experiencing mental wellbeing issues as well as creating innovative sport and physical activity opportunities for a targeted group of young people. The idea is to not only increase levels of physical activity, but also provide a safe and supported environment to improve their mental and physical health.