NWR has a number of Mental Health Champions who have been selected by the Committee to promote the links between running, socialising and good mental health.
Mental Health Champions are a national network of volunteers established by England Athletics as part of their #runandtalk initiative. Anyone can request to become a Mental Health Champion if they have lived experience of mental health problems either personally or via a close friend or relative.
Mental Health Champions are expected to start conversations about mental health and promote the benefits of running for supporting mental health. They are also involved in organising local Run and Talk events as part of England Athletics campaign. They can help to signpost runners to local or national mental health support services. They can advise Run Leaders and the Committee on how best to support members mental health. Above all they actively encourage people to talk about mental health, supporting those with mental health difficulties and helping them to access social running activities.