Holyport College

It is said that one in four people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and fear to open up often results in silence. This silence can be devastating. At Holyport College, we are openly talking about mental health in an attempt to show our students that "it's ok not to be ok". Our aim is to remove the stigma and create a community where our young people feel confident to speak up, ask for help and actively improve their mental health.

Support is out there, but public services are stretched and private counselling services are costly. Luckily fresh air is absolutely free!!

Taking part in sport or physical activity regularly really does have a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. Some of the many benefits include:

- Helps us to cope with stress
- Improves our physical health
- Helps us maintain a healthy weight
- Builds confidence and self-esteem
- Allows us to meet like-minded people and make friends
- Improves concentration and sleeping patterns
- Give you a natural energy boost
- Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Releases chemicals in your brain that makes you feel happy

Students from Holyport College will be donning their sports kit in an attempt to 'get fit for mental health'. Ways you can help:

- Join us for one of our proposed events.
- Get your sports kit out and take part.
- Donate to our fundraising page. Let's make £1000 for Sport in Mind.
- Volunteer in one of the Sport in Mind activities.
- Talk about mental health; help us reduce the stigma so young people can feel safe to ask for help when they need it most.

Thank you for your support.

Paul Hayes,

Holyport College