Project Description: https://mmj.tees.ac.uk/~fjp13/
My project looks at the relationship between sport and mental health. This project was inspired by my own personal struggle with mental health, a period that was helped massively by the escapism offered by sport. .Mind Games UK is a site that showcases a range of different activities to show the benefits of sport and physical activity on mental wellbeing. The site also shares stories from those who have suffered heavily, but have managed to pick themselves back up through the use of sport.
BOXING DUO TALK MENTAL HEALTH AHEAD OF UPCOMING SHOWS –
MIND GAMES UK PODCAST: CLAIRE COULTHARD –
Since its launch in 2017, Teesside charity Red Balloons has come a long way thanks to founder Claire Coulthard.
Claire, 35, initially started Red Balloons as a blog in which she would talk about her experiences with mental health.
Three years on, the organisation has grown in popularity across Teesside and it now provides a number of services through the use of physical activity.
Listen below as Claire explains the story of Red Balloons as well as her plans for the future:
MFC FOUNDATION USING FOOTBALL TO TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH –
The foundation aims to raise the aspirations and improve the lives of those within the local community.
The organisation’s ‘Think With Your Feet’ mental health sessions offer those struggling a place of comfort.
Participants can forget about their problems through playing football and by using the sport as a tool for therapy.
In partnership with Mind, the sessions first launched in 2015 and have become incredibly popular with around thirty people attending each week.
MENTAL HEALTH IN FOOTBALL: COLIN HENDRY ON RETIREMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHY MEN STRUGGLE TO OPEN UP –
Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry achieved things in football that most players can only dream of.
The 54-year-old has used these accomplishments to help cope with difficulties off the pitch.
CORONAVIRUS: THE IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON SPORT AND MENTAL HEALTH
The COVID-19 outbreak is seeing the United Kingdom and most of the world come to a dramatic halt.
The death toll in the UK now stands at 584 (as of 26 March) and experts predict that this number will continue to rise over the next few weeks.
Quotes from those interviewed on the site:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, PLEASE TALK IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING
Hello, my name is Olly Burdett and I am a Multimedia Journalist in the final year of my degree at Teesside University.
Sport Journalism, BA (Hons)
Having written passionately about football before my time at Teesside University, I decided to make the move from Hull to Middlesbrough to expand my journalistic skills and capabilities. During the last three years, my interests in journalism have changed significantly. After experiencing the high levels of homelessness in the town and discovering the shocking statistics around male suicide in the North East, I decided I wanted to move away from sport slightly and instead report on issues that I believe really mattered. Additionally, politics has dominated our day-to-day lives recently and despite finding it difficult to keep track of it all, I have become incredibly interested in what is happening in both our country and the world. I haven’t completely lost my passion for sport though. A lot of my recent content now looks at the relationship between sport and mental health.
Software & Hardware Proficiencies
I am an Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop. I am also skilled in other Adobe software such as Audition and Premiere Pro. I am equipped at using video cameras such as the AC-90.
Employment, Work Experience & Volunteering
I have experience of producing work for both Sky News and BBC Tees. I have also carried out work for Middlesbrough Football Club, Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and Tees Valley Sport. I voluntarily worked as a Social Media Manager for Stockton-based charity A Way Out as part of their 2018 Christmas campaign.
Despite studying on a Sport Journalism course, I have a huge interest in a different number of topics.
During my time at Teesside University, I have created content around current affairs and politics, as well as mental health.
One thing that I believe really shows in my content is that I love learning about new topics and issues to increase both my knowledge and flexibility. Who knows what I will post about next?