Key Points
  • Creating cultural change in sport to help improve inclusion and promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  • You will hear from first hand experience of the pressures and expectations of professional sport
  • Hear how to implement early interventions and successful initiatives to encourage good mental health and wellbeing within sport
  • Explore concerns about online harassment and it's impact on athlete's mental health
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Clarke Carlisle, Former Premier League Footballer and Mind Ambassador
  • Paul Farmer CBE, CEO, Mind
  • Michael Salla, Director of Health and Sport, Everton in the Community
  • Adam Conant, Head of Sport, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Paul Owen OBE, Ambassador, Sport in Mind and Technical Adviser, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • Professor Andy Smith, Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University
  • Jane Fylan, Chair – Athlete Health and Wellbeing, British Athletics
  • Dr Craig Ranson, Director of Athlete Health, English Institute of Sport
  • Hannah Crane, Director of People and Partnerships, Street Games
  • Ollie Dudfield, Executive Director, Sport for Development Coalition
  • Mel Timberlake, Sports Coach, Lucozade Movers List 2019 & UK Disability Coach of the Year 2018
  • Stephen May, Director, The Screen Arts Institute

    Participation in Sport can help to promote positive mental health; however, the impact of COVID-19 has reduced access and opportunities at grassroots level. Elite athletes have faced unique challenges throughout the pandemic, taking part in competition whilst living in isolation and facing increased online harassment.

    Join Westminster Insights Mental Health in Sport Digital Conference to explore how to build inclusive and supportive sports communities for athletes at all levels, that promote positive mental wellbeing and improve quality of life. The half-day briefing will be broadcast live from our studio in London via an interactive digital platform.

    You will hear from Clarke Carlisle, a former Premier League footballer and current Mind Ambassador on the impact of working in a high-pressured environment, public scrutiny and risk of injury. Hear from sporting professionals at both grassroots and elite level, allowing you to regain momentum to reduce stigma and normalise conversations about mental health and embed effective mental health support strategies and a clear wellbeing message.

    Building resilience and creating an identity outside of the profession, Michael Salla will share how to help athletes through transitions. You will also hear how with physical activity, exercise and community sport can help support people to make better lifestyle choices.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Professor Andy Smith Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

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09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address - Cultivating Cultural Change in Sport: Building a More Inclusive Sport Community

 
  • Reviewing the impact of COVID-19 on the sport sector and what next to help regain momentum in promoting positive mental health
  • Exploring how policy could help to drive change including the Elite Sport Action Plan and Thriving at Work standards
  • Embedding mental health strategies across all levels of Sport to help normalise conservations around mental health
  • Building inclusive and supportive sport’s communities for all, helping to change attitudes and improve quality of life

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Adam Conant Head of Sport, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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09:40 - 10:10
Developing Early Interventions and Successful Initiatives to Encourage Good Mental Health within Sport

 
  • Responding to COVID-19 through Sport, offering new grassroot opportunities to tackle mental ill-health through exercise and physical activity
  • Reengaging hard-to-reach groups with Sport to help build community wellbeing 
  • Implementing wellbeing messages within sport to help encourage people to have open conversations and seek support

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Ollie Dudfield Executive Director, Sport for Development Coalition

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10:10 - 11:00
Panel: Tackling Mental Health in Elite Sport for Athletes, Coaches and Staff

 
  • Understanding the unique experience of professional athletes through COVID-19 and the long-term impact it may have on mental health
  •  Learning from lived experiences from former and current elite athletes and coaches on the pressures and expectations of professional Sport  
  • Exploring the impact of social media on elite athlete’s mental health and wellbeing, ensuring athletes are protected and offered long-term holistic support   
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of sporting organisations to ensure a person-centred approach to support

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Jane Fylan Chair – Athlete Health and Wellbeing, British Athletics

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Dr Craig Ranson Director of Athlete Health, English Institute of Sport

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Clarke Carlisle Former Footballer and Broadcaster, and Ambassador, Mind

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11:00 - 11:15
Break

 

11:15 - 11:45
Everton in the Community; delivering community-based provision evidenced to improve mental health

 
  • Building resilience and creating an identity outside of the profession to help transitions for athletes, coaches and staff
  • Addressing concerns about online harassment and its impact on athlete’s mental health 
  • Understanding the psychological consequences and challenges of long-term injuries and what we can do to improve available support

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Michael Salla Director of Health and Sport, Everton in the Community

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11:45 - 12:30
Panel: Reducing the Stigma around Mental Health in Sport at Grassroots Level to Promote Wellbeing

 
  • Responding to COVID-19 through Sport, offering new grassroot opportunities to tackle mental ill-health through exercise and physical activity
  • Reengaging hard-to-reach groups with Sport to help build community wellbeing     
  • Implementing wellbeing messages within sport to help encourage people to have open conversations and seek support

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Mel Timberlake Sports Coach

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Hannah Crane Director of People and Partnerships, StreetGames

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Stephen May Director,The Screen Arts Institute

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12:30 - 12:50
Case Study: Building Wellbeing through Sport and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

 
  • Reflecting on the benefits of sport including physical and mental health to help drive participation at all levels
  • Overcoming barriers to accessing sport to ensure equal opportunities
  • Gaining momentum with physical activity, exercise, and team sport to help support people to make better lifestyle choices


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Paul Owen OBE Ambassador, Sport in Mind

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Professor Andy Smith Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

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End

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Paul Farmer Chief Executive, Mind

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Hannah Crane Director of People and Partnerships, StreetGames

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Professor Andy Smith Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

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Dr Craig Ranson Director of Athlete Health, English Institute of Sport

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Michael Salla Director of Health and Sport, Everton in the Community

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Jane Fylan Chair – Athlete Health and Wellbeing, British Athletics

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Ollie Dudfield Executive Director, Sport for Development Coalition

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Mel Timberlake Sports Coach

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Paul Owen OBE Ambassador, Sport in Mind

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Adam Conant Head of Sport, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Clarke Carlisle Former Footballer and Broadcaster, and Ambassador, Mind

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Stephen May Director,The Screen Arts Institute

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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