Mental Health Week at the University starts on the 4th March

Sport in Mind will be setting up events in collaboration with the wellness centre for the week - Watch this space!


Mental Health is something that is very important to consider at university; a report from the NUS showed that 78% of students had worries about their mental health, yet 51% of them did not seek help. Sport is an excellent way to take your mind off of the stress of university life, make friends and release endorphins.

Before I started playing tennis with Sport in Mind I was a total beginner, I was also very inactive because of my anxiety disorder. But now I have more confidence and a wonderful group of friends. I am also eating better and have begun to lose a lot of weight. The coaches are very considerate of my mental health needs and are supportive. Tennis has helped me cope as I came off my antidepressants and I have developed a sustainable lifestyle because of it.”  University of Reading Student

Our Activities

Yoga: Monday 10:30am - 11:30am at Sportspark

Badminton and Table Tennis: Friday 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Sportspark

Tennis: Thursday 1pm - 2pm at the Tennis Dome

Volunteering

At the sessions, volunteers have a variety of jobs. Sometimes they will need to assist in setting up and clearing up equipment. The main role of the volunteers is to participate in the sessions, so service users have someone to play the sports with, however sometimes the service users just fancy a chat whilst observing the session. The sessions are relaxed and can differ week by week, depending on the needs of the service users.

If you would like to volunteer at the sessions, please email Calum at [email protected] to arrange taster sessions and any necessary checks.

If you know someone who could benefit from our sessions, but may not be comfortable to attend on their own, please feel free to attend as a buddy to support your friend. We want everyone to feel as comfortable as possible attending the sessions, and know it can be daunting to show up alone. If you yourself would like to attend a session for your own benefit, feel free to bring a friend also.

Fundraising

Leyla and Megan, the President and Vice President of the volunteer committee at the University, are running a half-marathon in July to raise awareness and money for the charity. They are not runners, so wish them luck!

There will be events running across Mental Health Awareness week, the week beginning the 4th March. Look out for any information regarding this!

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