Mental Health Charter

Mental Health Charter

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was developed by the sector for the sector with the support of mental health charity Mind and Time to Change.

The Charter aims to:

  • create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation
  • encourage people to talk about mental health
  • support people to seek help and support when needed

By signing up to the Charter, England Athletics commits to:

  • promote wellbeing
  • promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice
  • promote positive messages using diverse role models and ambassadors
  • tackle discrimination
  • support a pan-sport approach and share resources and best practice
  • monitor performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues

Over 150 organisations signed-up to the Charter within three months including England Athletics. We’re proud to be one of those organisations and are committed to taking positive action around mental health. We are currently working on a Mental Health Charter action plan which will outline how we will use athletics to support good mental well-being, tackle stigma and support all athletics providers to better understand mental health.

We are looking for ambassadors to help advocate and support our work around mental health. If you have experience of mental health conditions and would like to find out more about being an ambassador please contact and we’ll be in touch with more information.
If you’d like to join us as a signatory on the mental health charter, you can sign up here:

Get Set to Go- Running

England Athletics are working with the Mental Health charity Mind as part of their national Get Set to Go programme (GStG).  Mind aims to improve the lives of over 75,000 people in England through access to local sport with support from Sport England and the National Lottery. The GStG programme aims to increase and sustain the independent participation of people with mental health problems in mainstream sports.  Since spring 2015, local Minds in the following eight areas have been running Get Set to Go to help people get active through sport:

  • London –Brent and Croydon
  • West Midlands – Dudley and Herefordshire
  • North West – Lancashire and Rochdale
  • North East – Middlesbrough and Stockton and Tyneside

Running will be delivered as part of the GStG programme. Each delivery area will use trained running leaders to deliver group running sessions leading to participation in ongoing mainstream participation.  Click here to find out more


Our ‘Mental Health and Athletics’ resource provides information and guidance regarding running, athletics and mental health. Click here for a copy