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Clarke Carlisle: Coaches have a Duty of Care to Look Out for their Participants’ Mental Health

We spoke to the celebrity Ambassador for mental health charity Mind about the need to raise awareness of mental health problems and the importance of mental health training for everyone involved in sport and physical activity

Former Chair of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Clarke Carlisle told us at the Mind, Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference that coaches – and anyone involved in sport and physical activity – have a responsibility to learn how to recognise, respond to and support people with mental health problems.

Detailing his own struggles with and recovery from depression, the former professional footballer eloquently discusses the positive impact of sport and physical activity on mental health. He elaborates on effective strategies for supporting mental health recovery, and praises the ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity+’ online course that UK Coaching has developed in partnership with Mind, which he says will give people a deeper understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues relating to mental health.

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

Gain the confidence to support people living with mental health problems to feel comfortable and capable of engaging in sport and physical activity by completing our online course, developed in partnership with Mind

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UK Coaching Duty to Care Digital Badge

Earn our free nationally recognised Digital Badge by demonstrating your thorough knowledge of the five pillars of Duty to Care (Safeguarding, Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Well-being)

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Related Resources

  • Promoting Good Mental Health Through Coaching (Part 1)

  • Coaching, Mental Health and Well-being - Russ Barber's Story

  • How to Run Sessions for People Living with Mental Health Problems


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