Mental Health Champion

I’m Alexa, and I’m the Mental Health Champion for Reading Roadrunners

I have lived experience of mental health problems, both personally and through people I know. I’m passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health; it’s another aspect of our overall health just like your digestion or muscles and joints. I also and a huge believer in the positive impact that sports, activity and running has on mental health.

You can contact me on coachalexa@readingroadrunners.org

The Mental Health Champion role has the following key responsibilities;

  • Provide crisis contacts to their club/group
  • Be a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems to join the club/group
  • Encourage and promote conversations about mental health
  • Make links with mental health organisations in the community
  • Actively promote mental wellbeing and running

You can find out more about the role here (this page also includes information on Mental Health Ambassadors who are people with formal mental health qualifications or professional roles, this isn’t what my role is)
https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/our-programmes/runandtalk/mental-health-champions/

If you feel you need help and support with your Mental Health there are some useful contacts and listening services on the Mind website;
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services

Mental Health crisis contacts can be found here;
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/