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Mental Health

The RYA has signed up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

Mental health is not a separate protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, although a long-term mental health condition may be regarded as a disability.

It is increasingly recognised that a great many people - one in four of us in any one year - go through  periods of poor mental health.  This includes not only anxiety and depression, but conditions such as eating disorders, addiction or dementia.

The Mental Health Charter aims to: 

  • Use sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health
  • Promote good mental health policies and best practice
  • Reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems
  • Tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Taking part in outdoor sport and recreation can improve mental as well as physical wellbeing, whether it involves relaxing on a tranquil stretch of water or high-adrenaline racing that helps you to 'switch off' from the stresses of everyday life.

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