Worthing MPs support mental health charter for sport and recreation

Tim Loughton supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135239001
Tim Loughton supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135239001

Worthing’s two MPs have pledged their support for a mental health charter for sport and recreation.

Both former shadow minister for mental health, Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, and Worthing West MP Sir Peter Bottomley have agreed to champion the charter, which sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.

Tim Loughton supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135228001

Tim Loughton supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135228001

It has been launched by the Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside Professional Players Federation with support from the mental health charity Mind.

Mr Loughton welcomed a Government commitment to putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health.

He said: “I believe that the sport and recreation sector can support Government in ensuring physical activity is a central pillar in achieving this commitment.

“My support for the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation comes just before its one-year anniversary. Since its launch in 2015, the charter now has over 230 signatories all committed to making positive change around mental health, from grassroots to elite level.

Sir Peter Bottomley supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135216001

Sir Peter Bottomley supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135216001

“I look forward to helping raise the profile of the Charter and tackling stigma around mental health through sport and recreation.”

Sir Peter added: “MPs can become Charter Champions. I am asking Emma Wade of the Sport and Recreation Alliance to put me in touch with the local clubs helping to invest in collaborative physical activities and mental health programmes.”

For more information visit www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter

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Sir Peter Bottomley supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135205001

Sir Peter Bottomley supports mental health charter for sport and recreation SUS-160321-135205001

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