Arena 80 – Mental Health Champions

In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the way that you need and want to live your life.  But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the way you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with.  This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

England Athletics have teamed up with the charity MIND, the Mental Health charity, to help promote good mental health through being active and taking up running.  Arena 80 AC is pleased to announce they have two England Athletics appointed Mental Health champions; Brigitte Groves and Michele Saunders.  They recently attended a Mental Health Workshop where they gained an understanding of mental health and how being active can be of benefit.  Brigitte has also enrolled onto an e-learning course, Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity produced by UKA and Dame Kelly Holmes. The course is aimed at those that participate in sport and their networks.

Starting in the New Year, Brigitte and Michele are proposing to ‘piggyback’ onto the Wednesday evening club run currently meeting at the King Alfred, once every 6 weeks and will be encouraging club members to come along for a #Runandtalk slower/ steadier run.  First run Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 

Any queries, please contact either :-

Brigitte email :

Michele email 

What Mental Health Champions do :-

The role of the Mental Health Champion includes:

Working with other people in their club to proactively support the mental wellbeing of club members

Making links between their club with local mental health groups and organisations and encourage their members to start running

Posting using #RunAndTalk particularly during the campaigns