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The culture of the Black Pear Joggers is healthy exercise in a friendly and social environment at a time when modern life means that we need a de-stressing activity in a companionable atmosphere. Good mental health and wellbeing is an essential element of the culture, as it is in daily home and work life.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us each year, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Experiencing a mental health problem is hard enough, without having to deal with the shame and isolation that often comes with it. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.
With a membership of around 600, and multiple weekday club nights regularly attended by 50 or more, it is important that we are able to support your mental health and wellbeing. The Club has made a commitment, under the England Athletics #runandtalk programme, to actively promote mental health wellbeing and running, and to encourage and promote conversations about mental health. Our aim is for our Mental Health Champions to run and talk with you at each of our main weekday Club nights (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).
There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk. Although not professionals, all of our Mental Health Champions have a lived experience of personal or family mental health problems, which may include anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse and eating disorders. We are here to listen, support and signpost you to other help.
Our Mental Health Champions aim to:
Look out for our Mental Health Champions at Club nights in our special black and orange t-shirts or winter hi-viz gilets.
The Club aims to create an environment where you feel safe and are able to participate in Club events without being subject to any form of harassment, bullying, verbal or physical abuse or excessive pressure.
Welfare covers a wide range of issues such as safeguarding and protecting children, anti-bullying, equality, poor practice in coaching and disciplinary and grievance matters.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those who participate in Club events.
Procedures for dealing with welfare issues or grievances are provided in the Club Constitution.
Our Welfare Officers are here to:
Look out for our Welfare officers at Club nights and events.
We all want to be safe when we are out running, whatever the time of day or weather. While the Club can advise you on running safety, you must take personal responsibility for your own safety, whilst keeping a watchful eye on others running in the same group, particularly new members. Please give consideration to others, and use your common sense in making a run safe for everyone else as well as yourself.
Be aware of the advice available through running magazines and other sources on the risks associated with running. We want you to enjoy your running, but be mindful of the strains and injuries that can result from the sport. Please consult professional experts and practitioners outside the running Club as appropriate.
Details of the Club Health and Safety Policy commitments, objectives and your role in co-operating with the policies are available on the website.
Here are some basic tips for running safely. While they may be obvious, they are there to make sure that your running is, as far as possible, a safe activity.
We are here to run and talk with you. We are also here to signpost you to other professional organisations and resources. For help and support, please visit our dedicated Mental Health & Wellbeing Help & Support page.
If you need to contact us regarding your Mental Health, Welfare or Safety, you can use the following channels:
Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Facebook page will be updated on wellbeing, mental health problems, welfare and safety. Please like and follow us to read more about mental health support and learn more about maintaining your own wellbeing.
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