Enriching Minds, Igniting Spirits: World Mental Health Day

The 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and advocating for the importance of mental well-being.

The awareness day is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.
At British Judo, the mental health and well-being of our members, athletes and staff is crucial. We aim to promote a sustainable programme where everyone has the best opportunity to have positive mental health and well-being.
Judo is not only a physically demanding sport but also a mentally challenging one. Athletes, coaches, and members alike often face pressures that can impact their mental well-being. It is crucial for clubs to recognise and address these challenges, fostering an atmosphere of support and understanding by creating a supportive environment.
1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem each year. There are many resources available in the UK, if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, it might be useful to seek out help. Remember, it’s okay not to be okay. Seek support, be kind to yourself, and together, we can break down the barriers to mental health.
For additional resources and support, please visit
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Shout is the UK’s first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. The service can be used at any time by texting ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.
The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. They offer free resources and guidance around mental health.

Samaritans provides services for anyone who is struggling to cope, and needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Call 116 123 to talk.

PAPYRUS UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK | Call PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141 (10am-10pm)
Childline is a free, private and confidential service for under 19’s where users can talk about anything, online or through a phone call.

Your GP or doctor can provide support and direct you to the right services that benefit your mental health.

If you have any concerns about someone or wish to speak to someone at British Judo for support, please contact our safeguarding team safeguarding@britishjudo.org.uk

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