Mental Health Support
The WPBSA has identified a need to provide a confidential and professional clinical service to its Members and in 2017 we announced two new partnerships to deliver this support.
Silence of Suicide
The WPBSA has also partnered with Silence of Suicide (SOS), who provide a unique, bespoke, informal & confidential service that offers people opportunities to discuss their troubles in an open forum which supports them in speaking more freely to assist with avoiding the long-term potential threat of suicide.
Through its work the WPBSA will promote SOS Silence of Suicide to raise awareness of the potential for suicide and the need for people to talk. SOS Silence of Suicide will also offer open sessions for players at the Betway UK Championship, providing the option to come and speak freely about issues and experiences they feel they wish to share in relation to mental health issues or problems that long-term could bring about suicidal thoughts.
For more information about the sessions players should contact us directly.
About Silence of Suicide (SOS)
Silence of Suicide was established by Michael Mansfield QC and his partner Yvette Greenway, following the suicide in May 2015 of Michael’s daughter Anna and five months earlier of a lifelong friend of Yvette’s. Silence of Suicide is a unique service with one simple aim: to encourage open, honest discourse by all those affected by suicide, from a safe platform provided by SOS where stigma, shame and silence do not exist.
Learn more: www.sossilenceofsuicide.org/
Mental Health Charter
- create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation.
- encourage people to talk about mental health.
- support people to seek help and support when needed
By signing up to the Charter, the WPBSA commits to:
- promote wellbeing.
- promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice.
- promote positive messages using diverse role models and ambassadors.
- tackle discrimination.
- support a pan-sport approach and share resources and best practice.
- monitor your performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
The Charter is being supported by the charity Mind, Mind has lots of useful information and resources around mental health. Find out about the most commonly discussed mental health problems, including possible causes and how to access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
Related Information (External Websites)
- Types of mental health problems
- Taking care of mental health in the workplace
- Guidance on terminology and imagery
Other useful links for work being carried out to promote the Charter are:
- Mind’s Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health information
- The Time to Change ‘Talking About Mental Health ’ webpage
- Sport and Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation pages
- The importance of #SportMinds by snooker’s world number 9, Mark Allen (guest blog)
- Your Cue to Talk, with Mitchell Mann