There has been much research into the positive effects of exercise on mental health and many of us have experienced the state of relaxation and happiness created by the so called ‘runner’s high’. Whilst we are not – and do not pretend to be – mental health professionals, we do support each other to promote not only the physical benefits of running as part of a club, but the mental benefits too.

Like physical wellbeing, it is perfectly normal for your mental wellbeing to fluctuate. Likewise, it is normal to have off days, and most people sometimes find themselves feeling anxious, stressed and down. However, if ‘sometimes’ becomes ‘often’ you may begin to feel overwhelmed by it and then it’s time for you to reach out for some support.

In the first instance, why not contact one of our three Mental Health Champions who will be happy to support you when needed?

Amanda Apperley
Angela Beall
Amanda Whitney

Often chatting things through with someone is enough to get you back on track but sometimes you may need professional help. Here are a few suggested websites that offer a range of support to suit your circumstances – what one person finds helpful may not suit everyone, but the important part is taking that first step towards good mental wellbeing.

Mind https://www.mind.org.uk
MentalHealth.org https://www.mentalhealth.org
Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org
NHS – Every Mind Matters https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Shout https://www.giveusashout.org
Men's Sheds Association https://menssheds.org.uk
Andy's Man Club https://andysmanclub.co.uk
Hub of Hope https://hubofhope.co.uk
Doc Ready https://www.docready.org
Bright Sky https://www.hestia.org/brightsky
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help

Call Samaritans on: 116 123

NHS 111

Download/Read England Athletics Literature: Athletics, Running and Mental Health

Once the Covid related restrictions are lifted and we can meet as a club again, remember that our #RunAndTalk nights are always on the second Thursday of the month. We offer a social run with 2 and 5 mile options, or just walking and talking if required. This is followed by cake and a chat in Tadcaster Community Sports Trust (formerly Magnets Sports and Social Club). It’s very informal and friendly, let one of the Mental Health Champions know to look out for you, or just turn up before 6.45pm.

Hope to see you soon!