Sport NI launches Sport Wellbeing Hub

Sport NI launches Sport Wellbeing Hub

Sport NI, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, has announced the launch of its Sport Wellbeing Hub in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The online hub will host information and resources covering anxiety, depression, bereavement, sleep and more.

On the launch of the new online asset, Sport NI issued this release:

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is the biggest health crisis for generations. The pandemic has increased the mental health risks for our society.

Before the crisis hit, mental illness was already the single largest cause of ill health and disability in Northern Ireland with around 1 in 5 adults and around 45,000 of children suffering from a mental health problem at any one time. The impact of COVID-19 will potentially result in a further increase.

The impact of COVID-19 has exacerbated the pre-existing troubled state of affairs regarding mental health in NI and across the UK:

  • The UK’s largest domestic abuse charity, Refuge, has reported a 700% increase in calls to its helpline in a single day;
  • Young Minds reveals 32% of young people agreed that COVID-19 had made their mental health much worse and 51% agreed that it had made their mental health a bit worse. In Northern Ireland, stigma is still a major deterrent to seeking help for mental illness.
  • Prescription rates for mood and anxiety disorders has increased in NI with a higher rate in women than men.

Sport NI CEO, Antoinette McKeown, in partnership with the PHA, announced the launch of The Sport Wellbeing Hub in response to the COVID-19 challenge. The Hub is unique. It provides instant access to helpful information, guidance and screening that is tailored specifically to help care for our wellbeing needs.

Speaking online at the launch, Antoinette McKeown said, “We developed The Sport Wellbeing Hub with Inspire to help you create your own wellbeing care-plan, as well as giving guidance on support through a guided self-assessment. It helps to provide the right help, right now, with online access to a range of fantastic and useful resources that are tailored to the user, which is so important at this challenging time.”

The Sport Wellbeing Hub is a valuable online resource that we encourage you to use. The Hub is for everyone across the sporting community, those who are involved in sport, at all levels and all abilities. Everyone.

The Sport Wellbeing Hub, provides a fantastic range of innovative tools and resources, including:

  • Guided self-assessment via ‘Chatbot ‘;
  • Self-help programmes and digital intervention tools;
  • Searchable ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ map; and
  • Wellbeing information library.
  • Video content featuring some of our sporting heroes talking about mental health.

Whether you are looking for some advice, or need a little more direction, please visit The Sports Wellbeing Hub:

Ulster Rugby’s Claire McLaughlin said, “The Sport Wellbeing Hub has so much information, loads of resources covering anxiety, depression , bereavement , sleep and more. During such an uncertain time, it’s important we try to manage our mental health. I’m currently working as a doctor at the Ulster hospital. Seeing people coming into A&E in crisis and having struggles on mental health, I think it’s so important we focus on this.”