Mental Wellbeing

Toolkits and Resources

This section contains information on different Physical Activity and Mental Health toolkits and resources. These web based resources are freely available for organisations and individuals to use online.

This toolkit provides guidance and tips on selecting, funding, organising and promoting a sport and physical activity service. It shares learning and best practice from the Get Set to Go programme, using real examples and tested resources.

The toolkit is designed to support community groups, services, local providers and peer support groups to embed physical activity to support people affected by mental illness and carers to be active.

Oxfordshires Active Body Health Mind project is summarised here to highlight the aims, delivery and the impact of this partnership work.

This resource aims to help make mainstream sport more open and accessible to people with mental health problems. Although focused on football the principles and information is useful and applicable for any sport or activity delivery.

Sports and mental health projects have the power to save and change lives through physical activity and social inclusion. Hopefully this guide will help get your project up and running more quickly, delivering real benefits to people with mental health problems

This JSNA report is focused on the topic of Mental Health in Oxfordshire.

The Oxfordshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is produced to help inform the work of Oxfordshire's Health and Wellbeing Board. It underpins the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy2 . When added to local knowledge of services, the JSNA gives Oxfordshire a common and consistent evidence-base which allows the NHS, Local Authorities and partners to pinpoint gaps and target improvements.

Imagine your Goals was a two year project to improve wellbeing through sport. Running from 2010-2012, it aimed to help people's physical and mental health; increase the social inclusion of people with mental health problems; and tackle the stigma and discrimination people with mental health problems experience. Read about what they did, why they did it and what they learnt.

Activity Alliance reports

New study confirms benefits of being active

An evaluation of a four year programme to encourage disabled people to take up sports and physical activity shows disabled people who get active are likely to experience improved mental and physical wellbeing as a result.

The research has been published at the launch of an evaluation of 'Get Yourself Active', a four year programme run by Disability Rights UK and funded by the National Lottery through Sport England. The programme looked at ways to encourage disabled people to get involved in sport and become more active.

The key evaluation findings include:

  • Many disabled people (75 per cent) are simply unaware of what facilities are available
  • The cost of activities (21 per cent) and inaccessible facilities (18 per cent) were also cited as things that got in the way of getting active
  • Health and social care workers have a key role in supporting people to get active
  • Local disabled people's organisations can advise leisure providers on making their services more accessible to disabled customers
  • Disabled people's organisations can also act as link between disabled people and local physical activity provision

Although more research is needed, the evaluation also suggested taking part in physical activity could reduce the use of social care and GP services.