Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. In the words of the World Health Organization (WHO), its objective is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health” – and KUDOS recognises the importance of physical activity in relation to well-being, mental health and social integration.
Mental health issues are more common than you might have realised
Roughly 1 in 4 people in the UK will be affected by a mental health problem this year, and research carried out by the English Federation of Disability Sport shows that people suffering with mental health issues are less engaged in sport and physical activity.
Sport is a powerful force for good in a number ways, and one of the most important benefits it can provide is the positive contribution it can make towards our mental health and well-being. Joining a local sports club can prove an attractive, stigma-free means of engagement for people with mental health disorders, as it is an environment in which they are not viewed as a patient.
Taking part in sport can help keep mental health issues at bay
Physical activity can not only help those already suffering with mental health problems but it can act as a key preventative measure. So, even if you’re feeling good but don’t take part in any sport, it’s never a bad idea to get active in some way, shape or form.
Participation in physical activity and sport has been proven to be effective in reducing levels of depression and anxiety. Even low to moderate bouts of physical exercise will have a positive effect on both short and long-term psychological health.
We want to encourage and support as many people as possible to get active and involved in sport. You might not feel a particularly or naturally sporty person, and may lack the confidence to go and get involved in a local club – but most if not all sports clubs these days provide a warm and welcoming environment, and there is nothing to be afraid of.
Get involved and help raise awareness on social media
There will be lots of associated activities happening across social media on World Mental Health Day, such as England Athletics’ #runandtalk campaign, which aims to break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it. KUDOS is pleased to support World Mental Health Day and the variety of sporting campaigns associated with it. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid. You are not alone and help is out there.
KUDOS IS PASSIONATE ABOUT SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS SPORT
KUDOS is passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds and of all ages to take part in sporting activity at any level, from grassroots to the top. We recognise that sport is a powerful force for good.
KUDOS SPORTS – A LEADING SUPPLIER OF CUSTOM SPORTS KIT
KUDOS is proud to supply kit to a range of sports clubs across the country – custom teamwear that is built for performance and worn with pride.