About #RunAndTalk

#RunAndTalk is supported by Mind, the mental health charity, and aims to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • Getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma
  • Providing support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems
  • Supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run

The program has four main areas:

1. Mental Health Champions and Ambassadors

A network of volunteers in England Athletics affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups promoting mental wellbeing through running and supporting the aims of #RunAndTalk.

2. 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
  • Champion 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

So far over 150 organisations have signed-up to the Charter, including England Athletics. We’re proud to be one of those organisations and are committed to taking positive action around mental health. We have a Mental Health Charter action plan which outlines how we will use athletics to support good mental well-being, tackle stigma and support all athletics providers to better understand mental health.

We have also signed the Time to Change Pledge.

If you’d like to join us as a signatory on the Mental Health Charter, you can sign up here.

3. Partnerships

A partnership with Mind, the mental health charity, which provides expertise around mental health.

4. Campaigns

Twice a year during a one-week period linked to Time to Talk Day (January/February) and World Mental Health Day (October) our #RunAndTalk campaign encourages people to run one mile or further and to have a chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners whilst doing it. This can be done at a time and location of their choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics affiliated club or RunTogether group.

Fareham Crusaders are one of the running clubs on the #RunAndTalk program who have organised #RunAndTalk events. They’ve made the below videos to share what it’s all about.

#RunAndTalk is managed and coordinated by the England Athletics Inclusion Manager and supported by a steering group which consists of:

  • England Athletics’ Inclusion Manager
  • England Athletics’ Athlete & Club Compliance & Wellbeing Manager
  • an England Athletics Club Support Manager
  • Mind Community Programmes Manager (Sport)
  • five Mental Health Champions/Ambassadors
  • an England Athletics Youth Panel member