Mental Health Ambassador Programme


In April 2016 England Athletics supported by Mind, the mental health charity rolled out their new mental health ambassador’s programme. The main aims of the programme are to support people who are experiencing mental health problems through encouraging everyone to #runandtalk. I am sure we have all put our running kit and headed out the door without necessarily ‘feeling it’ but have come back with a beaming smile, through this initiative EA hopes to help others feel the same!

We are extremely fortunate at Chasewater Running Club as two of our members are mental health ambassadors!



Hello, I'm Georgena Ashcroft "George". I'm a member of Chasewater Running Club and I'm a volunteer England Athletics Mental Health Ambassador for our club. Since joning the club I have gone on to run 5k's, 10k's and HM's, all very slowly, but totally inconceivable when I started. I had been through some life changing situations which it is fair to say, had an impact on my mental health so I needed to make changes. Turning to running and all the other things that come with it have helped me become more positive, take back control and move on.



Our second mental health ambassador is Becki Corbett. Becki is hoping that through this position she will be able to help runners and reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental health, not only through Chasewater Runners but also in the wider running community. Becki is a keen mud runner and spends large proportions of her life throwing herself over obstacles and rolling around in large muddy puddles!


We are often told that physical activity is good for our bodies and minds, but we also understand that having a mental health issue can make it difficult to get started for a number of reasons ranging from negative body image, lack of self esteem to practical reasons such as having no one to go with or not knowing where to get started.

England Athletics supported by mind and other mental agencies are committed to improving mental wellbeing through running through national initiatives.

One of the initiatives is called #runandtalk. This is an online campaign to improve mental health through running in England by:

  • Getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma.
  • Raising awareness of mental health issues.
  • Supporting people experiencing mental health issues to start, return to and continue running.

One in four of us will have a mental health issue at some point in our lives and most of us go through times when we feel down or blue. By joining together we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health and show that talking about this once taboo issue doesn't need to be difficult.

So we would like to encourage members to '# runandtalk'. To get out for a run with a friend, have a natter and de-stress.


Mental Health Support Organisations

Organisation Contact details
Mind   mind
The Samaritans  samaritans

Tel:  116 123

The Blurt Foundation  blurt
Time to Change.  Supported by Mind, a support service for mental health.  tim
Changes – local mental health support charity.  Self referral service.  chnages

Burntwood Changes
Wellbeing Centre
Changes Suite (upstairs)
The Old Mining College
Queen Street
01543 679 000
Your contacts are Jo & Phil


Per and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support


Tel: 0843 28 98 401


Supporting people struggling with eating disorders.


Tel: 0345 634 1414


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