Let's Talk About Mental Health

At England Athletics, mental health is a year-round subject. The mental health charity Mind has reported that more than half of adults, and over two thirds of young people, say that their mental health has got worse during the pandemic. That’s why we’re hosting a series of online Let’s Talk About Mental Health events throughout 2021 and 2022 – to get the sport talking!

Through six speaker and panel sessions, we’ll be sharing stories of personal mental health experiences, discussing what we can do to support mental health through athletics and running, and sharing how you can access support through our #RunAndTalk programme.

So why not come and join the conversation? Take a look at our upcoming sessions and sign-up free!

Session 3 – Speaker event with Jack Green (Monday 20 September, 8:15pm-9:15pm)

Jack GreenDouble Olympian, mental health advocate, wellbeing consultant, and Founder of Olywel. Despite a successful career as an elite athlete and double Olympian, Jack has battled with his own mental health for many years – and because of that, he knows how poor mental health can impact a person, their performance, and their everyday life (particularly when they don’t have the right support in place). Jack shares his story and how he’s supporting others to improve their mental health.

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Session 2 – guest panel discussion hosted by Donna Fraser (Wednesday 23 June)

With Donna Fraser (Head of Inclusion & Engagement at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games),  Hayley Jarvis (Head of Sport and Physical Activity at Mind the mental health charity), Joe Fuggle (former GB hurdler and founder of The Athlete Place), and English 1500m Champion Danielle Hodgkinson and Army mental health nurse.

Watch the video below if you missed the session or click to view video on YouTube.

Session 1 – guest speaker Ben Smith (Monday 26 April)

For the first session in our Let’s Talk About Mental Health series, we heard from Ben Smith. In 2015, Ben set off on an unimaginable challenge, running 401 marathons in 401 days. He raised £330,000 for two anti-bullying charities. His adventure inspired hundreds of thousands around the globe to not only make a difference in their own lives, but in the lives of others. Now, Ben shares his own mental health experiences – all with the aim of helping everyone to ‘find your happy’. In 2022, Ben will take on his next extraordinary adventure – running and cycling 14,000 miles across all 50 US states in just 104 days to raise £500,000 for mental health charities.

Watch the video below to find out more about Ben’s 401 Challenge or click to view video on YouTube.


Future sessions:

Please check back on this page and follow our social media channels or email communications for updates on further speaker and panel discussion events in our Let’s Talk About Mental Health series.  Future sessions will include speakers and panel guests from Mind, the mental health charity, as well as Olympian Jack Green, GB athlete Pippa Woolven, and our England Athletics club Mental Health Champions.

If you’d like to be notified by email when new sessions are announced then please fill in the expression of interest form below:

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