Emma Reynolds, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East, has pledged her support to become a Champion of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter calls for sport and physical activity to be made a key pillar of the government’s policy of putting mental and physical health on an equal footing. The Charter is supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Player’s Federation and Mind.

Emma said “I am delighted to be pledging my support to this important campaign. I have committed to working for greater partnerships between sporting and mental health organisations in my constituency. I would like to thank my constituent, Hayley Jarvis, for all the work she has done on this campaign, and for visiting parliament to discuss the programme with me.”

Emma continued “The benefits of this programme are enormous. One in four people are expected to suffer problems with their mental health this year, and 80% find that physical activity improves their mental health. As a member of the Cross Party Parliamentary Health Select Committee, I am committed to finding innovative ways to improve mental health services. By using sport therapeutically, this programme will do just that.”

Hayley Jarvis of Mind UK said “I have worked for national Mind for the past year developing a national sport and physical activity programme for people with mental health problems called Get Set to Go. Here in Wolverhampton mental health problems are exacerbated by deprivation and overstretched services. I know only too well the importance of this work as I have personal experience of anxiety and depression and use physical activity including running and walking in the great outdoors to support my own mental health and wellbeing.”