Wellbeing In Sport

Programmes to improve mental health and wellbeing for people involved in sport in Northern Ireland.

Sport Northern Ireland have released a new leaflet to support Mental Health and Wellbeing programmes which are available to sports clubs and NGBs

Download the leaflet for more information on what is available

For further advice on any of the information provided or to book any of the services listed please contact:
Marie-Therese Higgins or Des Jennings

028 9038 3809


Sport Northern Ireland
House of Sport, 2a Upper Malone Road Belfast BT9 5LA


Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health
Sport Northern Ireland, in partnership with Public Health Agency, has engaged with Action Mental Health to offer a 90 minute interactive session that supports the mental health and emotional wellbeing of those involved within Sport Clubs and the wider sporting community.


Explores attitudes, challenging stigma and misconceptions
• Mental ill health
• Pressure vs Stress
• Identifying positive coping strategies
• Identifying support networks
• Signposting to sources of support

This session can be tailored and delivered to:

• 14-17 year olds and/or
• Adults


Sport Northern Ireland in partnership with Public Health Agency has engaged with Aware NI to offer a 90 minute session based on understanding how our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical wellbeing can be affected when we face a setback. It will focus on how to build our resilience to allow us to:

• Enjoy our successes
• Enjoy the good things in life
• Deal with the difficult things as and when they happen
• Build on our ability and capacity to bounce back

This is a light and Interactive session focusing on the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’. It teaches this through physical activity, group interaction and information that will support education around resilience and factors that affect our mental health.

This session can be tailored and delivered to:

• 14-17 year olds and/or
• Adults
• Under 13 years


Sporting Chance
Sport Northern Ireland has engaged with Sporting Chance (Established by former Arsenal and England football captain Tony Adams to provide a specialist addiction and recovery facility for athletes) to offer a Lifestyle Education Seminar. This session will introduce athletes to the information and tools they need to avoid the pitfalls and destructive behaviour patterns that can develop in sport.


• Alcohol, other substance use (non-prescribed and illegal) and gambling (as well as other examples of addictive behaviours)

• Warning signs of addiction and what to do if players recognise these signs in themselves
or others

What defines addiction? Progressive illness and vicious circle
• Coping differences
• Emotional wellbeing and mental health
• Identifying the danger signs in you and in others
• How and where to seek help

This session can be tailored and delivered to suit both males and females across a range of age groups, and is facilitated by an ex player (male or female) featuring the ‘Players’ story.

Do you need urgent help?

Please contact one of these agencies:

Lifeline Freephone 24/7 crisis counselling service:
0808 808 8000 – www.lifelinehelpline.info

ChildLine: 0800 1111 – www.childline.org.uk

Addiction NI: 028 90 664434 – www.addictionni.com

Mind Your Head: www.mindingyourhead.info

Drugs and Alcohol Northern Ireland: www.drugsandalcoholni.info

Helplines Network NI – listen • support • inform:www.helplinesnetworkni.com

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