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Mental Health

The EKF are aware of the importance of looking after mental health as well as physical health for our health and wellbeing. Therefore, for those who are experiencing and suffering difficulties with their mental health the EKF would like to alert Members to a range of helpful resources.

Documented below is a booklet advising how to look after your mental health using exercise as well as some useful contact details for expert support agencies. Furthermore, for coaches looking to gain a better understanding of mental health issues, there is also a link to the UK Coaching course on, ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity’. This course has been developed by industry experts Mind and funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

‘How to… Look after your mental health using exercise’ (click to read)

‘How to… Look after your mental health using exercise’

Click here for coaches wanting to know more - UK Coaching Course

Useful contact details for those requiring support:



NHS Choices
Provides information on a wide range of health and social care topics.
There is an online search tool to find NHS services near you.

No Panic


No Panic
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for those with anxiety disorders.
No Panic helpline: 0844 967 4848 (10am – 10pm)



The Samaritans
The Samaritans is for anyone who is struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Call free (from any phone) 116123

Time To Change


Time to Change
Time to Change is a campaign run by charities - Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Time to Change was launched in 2007 with the objective of reducing mental health-related stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, social lives and at work.

Turning Point


Turning Point
Provides services for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

Tel: 020 7481 7600

Young Minds


YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

Parents helpline 08088025544

9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday(free from landlines and mobiles)

Rethink Mental Illness


Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness improves the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. The goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

0300 5000 927

9.30am – 4pm



Childline is there to help anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s big or small, the trained counsellors are there tosupport you.

Free confidential phoneline 0800 1111

Usually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but due to the Coronavirus, it is currently open from 9am to midnight.

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