Sport in Mind
Rivermead Leisure Centre
Sport in Mind
Sport in Mind was founded in 2011 by Neil Harris, Timothy Waters and Tony Young to offer people experiencing mental health problems the opportunity to play sport. We are an innovative charity that uses sport to aid recovery from mental illness and encourage social inclusion.
One-in-four of us in the United Kingdom will be affected by a mental health problem this year, despite this, there is still a tremendous amount of stigma attached to this type of illness. At Sport In Mind we use sport not only to aid recovery from illness, but also to raise mental health awareness and challenge the associated stigma.
Benefits of Sport on Mental Health
For years it has been common knowledge that playing sport is beneficial to one's physical health, however, many people are unaware of the positive effect it can have on ones mental health. Extensive research into mental illness has shown us that individuals participating in regular sporting activities have reduced levels of anxiety, improvements in mood and increased self-esteem.
Sport in Mind provides weekly drop-in sports sessions in Reading and Newbury, Berkshire where participants can join in for as little or as long as they like. Anyone suffering from a mental illness is welcome to attend regardless of age (18+), sex or ability. As well as our weekly activities we also offer regular taster sessions in a variety of other sports. There really is a sport out there for everyone.