Conference turns spotlight to mental health

Conference turns spotlight to mental health

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:49

Conference turns spotlight to mental health

Hosted by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Worcestershire School's Mental Health and Physical Activity conference highlighted the importance of physical activity for mental wellbeing. With an ambition to inspire a young generation and encourage a positive perception of physical activity and sport, the Sports Partnership welcomed over 80 guests to the West Midland Safari Park on Thursday 18th October.

When used correctly, sport and physical activity can be used to increase resilience, manage anxiety and develop confidence and self-worth in young people. This message was reinforced by specialist keynote speakers and experts in their fields: Dr Ben Rogers - Worcestershire Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Rachael Leslie - Worcestershire County Council Public Health, Colleen Hardy - Nourish, providing a holistic approach to wellbeing, Caroline Sidell - Via Vita Health Ltd, Ben Parfitt - Hereford Sixth Form College.

Guests were then invited to break-out and discuss practical examples and ideas, upcoming physical activity campaigns as well as the use of physical activity to support wider school outcomes.

Beky Williams, Head of Participation at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, "As an organisation we have become increasingly innovative around how we use sport and physical activity to benefit children and young people's wellbeing.

The conference was our opportunity to bring mental wellbeing to the forefront, encouraging headteachers, teachers and additional guests to utilise the link between physical activity and mental health, as well as providing practical examples that can be easily implemented.

Our guests left the conference feeling inspired, with an abundance of ideas to implement. We would therefore like to thank our keynote speakers, along with West Midland Safari Park for hosting us."

Tags: Worcestershire, education, mental health, mental health awareness, mental wellbeing, schools