Find your 'moments for movement' this Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), we’re supporting the Mental Health Foundation to get everyone moving more for their mental health. 

Participation in regular activity is known to improve mental, physical and social wellbeing. It also helps to prevent and treat heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, and more.

In the Big Netball Conversation in August 2022, 92% of the Netball Family agree that ‘being involved in netball has made a positive difference to my mood and outlook’.

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Whether you are just starting out, play regularly or want to return to the game, there’s a type of netball to suit your background and ability. There’s a whole host of different ways that you can master your skills, have fun out on court and socialise with others here.

Despite the benefits of physical activity being well established, research by the Mental Health Foundation shows that over a third of UK adults do not meet the recommended amount of activity.

We know netball enriches the lives of players aged 5 to 95. However, we cannot ignore that a number of life stages impact female lives both on and beyond the court.

During these vulnerable times, women and girls are more likely to worry about showing up authentically, and stop playing, just when they need support the most.

On and beyond the court, we’re also here for Her through our game-changing NETBALLHer initiative. Take a look at one article, though not exhaustive, which looks at some of the unique mental and emotional challenges in puberty, pregnancy, postnatal, and menopause – and how the Netball Family can help.

In addition to playing, you can get involved with and feel the benefits of netball, such as the camaraderie and community support, in a wide variety of other ways. Look into coaching, officiating and volunteering here.

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.

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