Mental Wellbeing and Running

Mental Wellbeing and Running

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.  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.  Click here to find out more.

Mental Health Ambassadors

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 our inclusion manager at and we’ll be in touch with more information. Click here to find out more.

Mental Health Awareness Training

If you're involved with Athletics and Running, and you'd like to have some Mental Health Awareness training, there are courses, workshops and resources available:

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