In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Running can play a vital part in maintaining good mental health – it acts as an important mood stabiliser.

What is good mental health?

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.

How can we help?

As well as a Welfare Officer Brigitte is a mental health first aider and England Athletics appointed mental health champion.  Complementing  Brigitte’s roles, Arena 80 has Michele Archer (mental health ambassador) and Dani Tarleton, (mental health first aider).  They are available for you to talk to about any concerns small or large.

Remember – it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the welfare of all club members. Have fun and look after each other.

It’s good to talk

As mental health ambassadors Brigitte and Michele occasionally organise #Runandtalk by encouraging club members to come along for a slower/steadier run. More details to follow….

You can contact Brigitte, Dani and Michele via their email or the contact form. All enquiries will be confidential; however, if deemed to be in the best interest of the member to be discussed at a senior level, then this will be explained.

Any queries, please contact either:



The Role of our Mental Health Champions

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.