Mental Health and Wellbeing


At British Wrestling we believe it is important to keep conversations about mental health and wellbeing going. It’s well-known that sport and exercise has a positive effect on mental health. We also recognise that sport can be both part of a solution, but also part of the problem – for example, the additional stresses faced by competitive athletes seeking selection for GBR.

One in four people will experience issues with their mental health every year, and this number is growing. We want to help our wrestlers, coaches, clubs and communities to support people experiencing issues.

The most important step is to create an environment where conversations can start, and know that there are plenty of places to signpost people to if you feel you can’t provide the support necessary.

You can start by just asking people if they are OK. It’s a good idea to ask them twice.

Tough Enough To Care

To better support our wrestling family with mental health issues we have partnered with mental health charity ToughEnoughToCare.

They want people of all ages to feel comfortable talking and opening up about their emotions to those close to them, instead of bottling them up until they reach breaking point. They want everyone to be able to spot when others may be struggling. There is no shame in being Tough Enough To Care.

Tough Enough To Care has worked with us to provide a wrestling-specific support service for our members.

If you need to talk then please email support@britishwrestling.org.

The important thing about this support system is all conversations will be confidential. If you need to reach out, you do not need to worry about any of your fellow Wrestlers, Colleagues, Coaches or Volunteers finding out. All communications will be treated with complete confidentiality.

The support system is run by trained Mental Health volunteers and provides access to and support from Mental Health Charities. These volunteers are not councillors but are being put in place to offer you support and help guide you through your mental health journey.

We all need to remember that;

  • If we all support each other, this illness doesn’t win.
  • We can remove the stigma associated with mental health illness, it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
  • All suicides are preventable.

If you need to talk then please email support@britishwrestling.org please don’t be afraid to reach out.

Other Support

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s Mental Health, the most important thing is to speak to someone you trust. If there is an immediate risk to you or anybody else, you should contact the emergency services on 999.

Below are some alternative places where you can find support and someone to talk to:

Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/
Infoline: 0300 123 3393 – an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Email: info@mind.org.uk, Text: 86463

Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org
24/7 free helpline with people that you can talk to
Call: 116 123, Email: jo@samaritans.org

Shout UKhttps://www.giveusashout.org
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
TEXT ‘SHOUT’ TO 85258

Papyrus – https://papyrus-uk.org/
Confidential support and advice service for children and young people (under 35) who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Call: 0800 061 41 41, Mobile 07860 039967,  Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Changing Minds – https://changingmindsuk.com/
Comprehensive psychological services, working with relationships and strengths to improve wellbeing and performance.
Call 01925 483069, Email: enquiries@changingmindsuk.com

LGBT Foundation for advice, support and information between 9am and 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday (excluding bank holidays and religious festivals) on 0345 330 3030

Mind Out – https://mindout.org.uk/get-support/ an LGBTQ mental health service.

If you are struggling with Gender Identity you can find links to organisations offering urgent help here: https://gic.nhs.uk/need-urgent-help/ and you can also visit the NHS website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/ for information regarding gender dysphoria.

Trans Unite – https://www.transunite.co.uk/ – to find Trans support groups near you.

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