by Susan Mann (Joint-Vice Chair)
At Wednesday’s General Meeting the mental health champion role was introduced.
This is an exciting initiative by EA with the charity MIND under the heading Run to Talk. Their aim is to have a mental health champion in every affiliated running club. MH champions need to have experienced mental health issues at work, personally or as a relative; be open and non judgmental.
They are appointed to promote the benefits of running on mental wellbeing; provide crisis information eg on website; be a link with the community and mental health organisations; support members to improve mental wellbeing through running; put on events to promote mental wellbeing within the club.
Our first event will be on Sunday 22nd December as part of the Larch Close run. More details to follow. Come along to run and ask us questions about the role. We would also value your ideas.
OUR ROLE IS NOT TO ADVISE ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES but to signpost.
Hastings Runners is lucky to have 14 champions volunteers –
Please contact us if you have any questions. We should be easy to find as we have badges, and Run to Talk will be providing us with t-shirts.
Best wishes, Sue Mann (joint vice-chair, Hastings Runners)