Mental Health and Archery
Physical activity, being outdoors and socialising can all play a part in improving your mental health. Archery clearly has all these aspects, and therefore can be very good for you!
We want to ensure the sport creates a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate. We want to encourage people to talk about mental health and to seek help and support when needed.
That is why Archery GB has recently signed up to The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, and we are committing to:
- Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.
- Publicly promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.
- Promoting positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
- Actively tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
- Supporting the establishment of a network to work closely with the mental health sector to develop resources and best practice.
- Regularly monitoring our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
You can read more about the charter by visiting the Sport and Recreation Alliance website here.
Many sporting organisations have signed up to the Charter. We are currently working on a Mental Health action plan which will outline how we will use archery to support good mental well-being, tackle stigma and support everyone to better understand mental health.
We are also looking for archers to help advocate and support this work. If you have experience of mental health conditions and would like to find out more about being an advocate please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch with more information.
If your club, or other sporting organisation, would like to join us as a signatory on the mental health charter, you can sign up here http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter
Read John Stubb’s story from the BBC website – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/39843685 – on how archery gave him a purpose.
If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.
This link details services and organisations that offer help and support directly to people with mental health problems: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help