In Your Corner contributes to Centre for Mental Health report
17th November 2021
Mental health services should be more flexible and informal to reach out to boys and young men, according to a report published by Centre for Mental Health.
Trying something new: Improving boys’ and young men’s mental health through sports and creative activities is based on learning from Comic Relief’s three-year Thriving Not Just Surviving cohort of projects. In Your Corner's CONNECT project, in partnership with London Community Boxing, was part of this cohort, and contributed to the learning published in this report. All projects offered tailored mental health support for boys and young men, and tackled the stigma and gender stereotypes that boys and young men face in relation to their mental health.
During the project, In Your Corner linked closely with Off The Record, Bristol, who were offering a boxing based project in Bristol. You can hear Tom Antebi (Sports Works Coordinator, Off the Record) and In Your Corner's Dr Kathy Adcock, in conversation about their respective projects on YouTube.
The report found that supporting mental health through sporting or creative activities, in accessible settings, can engage boys and young men who a less likely to attend traditional services. It called for the NHS to develop services based on the approach outlined in the report, combining youth work and accessible activities with mental health support.