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Duty to Care: Mental Health and Well-being

Learn how to promote psychological and emotional well-being in your participants. Use the knowledge and skills you gain from our suite of learning to help support and guide the people you coach to develop resilience, self-esteem, and confidence, and watch them flourish under your expert care

  Knowledge Check

Do you feel ready to put your knowledge to the test? If so you can enrol now for FREE, otherwise you can continue reading this page to find more resource tips and guides and learn more about our courses and online learning products around this intrinsic theme of Duty to Care. Register for the Mental Health and Well-being Knowledge Check and you will be automatically enrolled onto the Knowledge Checks for Diversity, Inclusion, Physical Well-being, Safeguarding and Safe to Practice.


Below you will find essential resources, workshops and online courses covering the Mental Health and Well-being pillar of Duty to Care.

Our comprehensive suite of learning aims to galvanise the coaching sector to fulfil its obligations around the education and provision of the six pillars of Duty to Care.

Key Resources


Learn more about the positive impact that physical activity has on people’s mental health and how, by adopting a person-centred approach, coaches can monitor and manage the mental health and well-being of the people they coach, and themselves, more effectively.  

Where is the Line? Action Replay



A guided discussion on selected clips from the 20-minute ‘Where is the Line?’ film that centre on mental health and well-being. Watch the replays and work through key learning points. The guide contains a downloadable action planner that can be printed or completed digitally, to enable you to take away key learning and notes and use them within your coaching environment.

Upgrade to Premium Membership of UK Coaching Club to access a more dynamic 'Where is the Line?' guided reflection experience which uses the voice of industry experts to guide your learning and simulate a trainer-led session.

Virtual Q&A Experience



Join triple Olympic gold-medallist Max Whitlock OBE in our virtual Q&A. Max will respond to your questions on the topic of Mental Health and Well-being.

Have a front-row seat in the conversation with Britain's most decorated gymnast of all time in this immersive and interactive experience featuring the authentic voice of Essex's peerless pommel prodigy.





Beyond the Activity: Your Duty to Care



An introduction to the Duty to Care Hub, providing valuable insights into the six new pillars of Duty to Care.

Hosted by UK Coaching’s Head of Coaching and Policy Heather Douglas, discover how the latest in learning technology and host of new courses and resources can help you put Duty to Care at the heart of your coaching practice.

Time2Learn: The Five Ways to Well-being for Coaches



Hosted by Sport and Exercise Psychologist and Founder of Life-in-sport Rebecca Chidley, this webinar explores the NHS’ Five Ways to Well-being.

Good well-being is key to continuously showing up for your participants and delivering great, meaningful sessions.





Continue your learning journey

Handpicked resources on the theme of Mental Health and Well-being that will help you develop your learning around this pillar of duty to care




Self-Care Strategies to Build Resilience

Blake Richardson meets resilience builder and leadership developer Rene Barrett and, in the second of a three-part series, explores some transferable techniques that can be used to develop resilience in yourself and in the people you work with




Self-Care in Coaching

In this panel discussion, Senior Coach Developer at UK Coaching Tom Hartley speaks to four experienced coaching practitioners about how important it is for coaches to look after themselves in and out of training and competition




Fifteen Ways to Improve Coach Well-being

This infographic provides intuitive examples to boost your well-being, intended to encourage you to prioritise your physical and mental health and take the time to focus on yourself




Information Sheet on Anxiety

The topic of anxiety is highly relevant to coaches because every coach has a duty to care for the health and well-being of the people they engage and interact with. This extends beyond their physical health to include their emotional and mental health




Information Sheet on Depression

The topic of depression is highly relevant to coaches because every coach has a duty to care for the health and well-being of the people they engage and interact with. This extends beyond their physical health to include their emotional and mental health




Information Sheet on Eating Disorders

The topic of eating disorders is highly relevant to coaches because every coach has a duty to care for the health and well-being of the people they engage and interact with. This extends beyond their physical health to include their emotional and mental health




An Introduction to Behaviour Change

Understanding behaviour change will help you improve your coaching and people’s lives by supporting them to become and stay active

Other resources you may be interested in...




How to Support Athletes Through Transitions

Advice on using UK Coaching's Principles of Great Coaching to support athletes through transitions, developed in partnership with Assistant Coach of England boys’ U18 hockey team James Culnane. James emphasises the importance of seeing beyond performance and doing what is right for them




Finding Light in the Darkness: A Coach’s Story of Living with Mental Illness

Rugby coach Adrian Silvester gives an emotional and candid account of the impact mental illness has had on his life. He tells Blake Richardson that coaching is his ‘safe space’ and that his lived experience of crippling anxiety, depression, self-harm, and PTSD has made it easier for him to spot mental health issues in others and offer practical and emotional support and signposting




A Journey Towards Understanding Mental Health, with Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle spent ten of his 17 years as a professional footballer with undiagnosed depression. He attempted to take his own life on five occasions before conquering his inner demons and is now a leading mental health campaigner and motivational speaker. In this Question & Answer, he tells coaches why it is critical they improve their knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and offers astute advice on a topic that – thanks to sustained public awareness campaigns – people now feel more comfortable talking about




Person-Centred Coaching Key to Improving Mental Health

Passionate runner Charlotte Rudden tells Charlotte Potterton about making the difficult decision of joining a running group for women living with mental health issues and the positive effect of regular, coached exercise on mental and physical health

eLearning Courses

Mental Health and Well-being: Having a Conversation



In this 15-minute eLearning module – which UK Coaching Club Premium members can access for free – you will explore the challenges associated with mental health problems; the impact of mental health on participation in sport and physical activity; learn why talking about mental health and well-being is helpful and how this conversation can take place in your coaching environment. You will also learn when to refer someone and who to refer to.

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity+



It is more important than ever that we learn how to recognise, respond to and support people with mental health problems. Coaches play an important role in protecting the mental health of the people they coach.

Learn how to spot the signs and build your confidence to be able to start a conversation in our online course developed in partnership with Mind.