A FREE conference will be held at Edge Hill University on 09/10/14 and will seek to promote an understanding of mental health and wellbeing in local communities.

It considers how community sport and physical activity, delivered as part of broader health programmes, can contribute to the management and promotion of mental health. The implications of publically disclosed cases of mental illness amongst elite athletes and other high profile figures will also be explored.

State of Mind presented at the University last year
Edge Hill after the session Prof Andy smith

Speakers will discuss a range of topics, including:

• The public health challenges and costs of
mental illness
• The benefits of good mental health to individuals
and communities
• Community-based programmes being delivered
to improve mental health
• The contribution of sport and physical activity to
mental health
• Partnership working and training in mental health
• Opportunities for preventative mental health promotion
• Working in public health and mental health promotion

The day will end with a Panel discussion of plans – led by Edge Hill University – to co-ordinate evidence-based
promotion of mental health and wellbeing. Who should attend?

• Providers of community sport and physical activity
• Providers of mental health services and training
• Participants in mental health and sports-based
• Supporters of mental health and wellbeing campaigns
• Funders of sport, physical activity and health
• Policy-makers in sport, physical activity and health
• Researchers, educationalists and students

Hosted by Edge Hill University, Everton in the Community and Mersey Care NHS Trust

Supported by Opening Up Cricket

State of Mind are keen to support this exciting event and if you can get there to this free conference you will have a great time and hear about some innovative work using sport to help promote mental fitness

To attend this FREE event, please register online at:


For further information please contact:

Department of Sport and Physical Activity,
Edge Hill University,
St Helens Road,
Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
E: spa-admin@edgehill.ac.uk
T: 01695 584264
Twitter #EHUSportandPA