You can make a difference
Just last week in the UK over 15.8million people would have participated in organised sport. However, this number is still on the decline. Particularly in the poorest social groups where there has been a 2.9% decline in activity. This is more than 365,000 people each week who may need the most help, not playing sport.
relationship between social class and mental illness stigma has received little
attention in recent years. At the same time, studies that look at the
relationship between socio-economic status and mental health related quality of
life are on the rise.
What is Mental Health
includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we
think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to
others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life,
from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Tennis for free
are a community sports charity that provide free coach led tennis sessions and
free access to tennis courts in local parks around the UK. We target all
members of community, especially children from low income and workless
families. With over XX sites now active in the UK, we are actively fighting
back to improve the relationship between socio-economic status and mental
part in sport in the UK is often a costly exercise. Whilst some sports and
activities you can do on your own, others require the hire of facilities,
spending money on expensive equipment or paying for access to leadership. This
however, can create one of the few simple barriers to sports participation. In
addition, whilst local councils remain under pressure to save money on budgets,
it appears as thought sport are one of the first to go.
The Ball is in Your Court
for free is all about making a difference, but it is up to you. There are
numerous ways you can be involved, from making a small donation to help us
remove the cost barrier, to giving up your free time as a volunteer or coach. As
a business, funding TFF could provide a nice corporate social responsibility
project in your local community or you could simply join in one of our
Tennis for free and mental health
The benefits of sport and physical activity on
our mental health are endless: improved mood, decreased chance of depression
and anxiety, and a better and more balanced lifestyle.
show that physical activity has a positive impact on our mood. One study asked
people to rate their mood after period of exercise (i.e. walking or gardening)
and after inactivity (i.e. reading a book). Researchers found that people felt
more awake, calmer and more content after physical activity. For more information
and a link to the study, go to theMental Health Foundation website.
regularly active is shown to have a beneficial impact on alleviating stress. It
can help manage stressful lifestyles and can help us make better decisions when
under pressure. Research on working adults shows that active people tend to
have lower stress rates compared to those who are less active.
activity has a big impact of our self-esteem – that’s how we feel about
ourselves and our perceived self-worth. This is a key indicator of mental
wellbeing. Those with improved self-esteem can cope better with stress and
improves relationships with others.
Dementia and cognitive decline–For
people who have already developed the disease, sport and activity can help
delay further decline in brain function. And it’s also preventative. Studies
show that those who are active are less likely to experience cognitive decline.
Depression and anxiety–Exercise
has been described as a "wonder drug” in preventing and managing mental health.
Many GPs now prescribe physical activity for depression, either on its own or
in conjunction with other treatments. It is effective at both preventing onset
of depression and in terms of managing symptoms.
Make a difference
it doesn’t take much to make a real difference to a community organisation like
ours. Hopefully you can see the difference we are making each and every day.
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