My Mind Matters: a conversation about your mental health and physical activity

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important, especially during the restrictions as a result of coronavirus (Covid-19).

You may be experiencing boredom, loneliness or struggling with relationships. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. All of these feelings are normal and it is ok not to feel ok!

Being physically active is a great way to help with managing your mental health and this webinar explores how it can help. You will hear from experts in the field who work with people with mental health issues, as well as people who have had issues with their own mental health and what they have done to help them manage it.

A Sport England / Savanta ComRes: Survey into Adult Physical Activity Attitudes and Behaviour (April 2020) has shown that more than 6 in 10 adults are exercising to manage their mental health since lockdown measures began in March, compared to 7 out of 10 adults who are exercising to manage their physical health.

The event forms part of Mental Health Awareness week which runs from 18-24th May 2020.


Anita Savage Grainge – A registered mental health and adult nurse and Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at University of York. Has also developed an interest in the mental and physical health benefits of running and exercise and promotes this on social media as well as with the Orchard Eagles Running Club as a run leader. More recently has developed an interest in coping with the uncertainties and restrictions related to Covid-19, including routines and exercise.

Ben Dave – Running has taken over his life, including running a lap of Yorkshire in 2018 and being awarded “Yorkshire Man of The Year”! He now works alongside CALM as an ambassador for the charity and is hugely passionate about the benefits of running for our wellbeing as well as our physical health. More recently Ben founder the Early Bird Run Crew that run in Harrogate & Knaresborough.

Glen Hilton – Founded Allerton Junior Athletics Club in 2015 where he is now the head coach, and is a former England International Athlete. Glen also coaches endurance running for colleagues and service users in Mental Health for North Yorkshire County Council.

Hannah Green – A freelance writer and activist who writes about her lived experience of homelessness and PTSD. Hannah is a volunteer and trustee at Scarborough Survivors and also volunteers with the Wave Project. She has had articles published in journals like The Independent and The Metro about her experiences, and has recently written a piece for Novara Media on how Covid-19 shows we could end street homelessness, and written and spoken publicly about the effects of the lockdown on mental wellbeing. Hannah is also nominated for a national diversity award via ITV News, for more information and to vote for her please click here and has also blogged for North Yorkshire Sport on mental health and Covid 19

Hayley Jarvis – Lead for Sport & Physical Activity at mental health charity Mind. Is also a volunteer, campaigner, runner and dog lover.

Ryan Saunders – Following some housing issues contemplated suicide but was saved thanks to a support from the local housing officer, who intervened and put him in touch with a mental health support team. Following this low, Ryan and his family now have secured accommodation and is also supporting others with their mental health. He has taken up running and uses that as his therapy, as well as taking on challenges raising money for CALM.

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