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Leading sporting organisations call on political leaders to ‘unlock power of sport’ to tackle mental health crisis

On World Mental Health Day, leading sporting organisations from across the UK have penned an open letter to the leaders of all political parties, sounding the alarm on the intensifying mental health crisis among young people.

Federations, event providers and campaigning groups are asking political leaders to ‘unlock the power of sport’ to play a significant role in supporting the physical and mental well-being of the nation, starting with our children.

The letter is jointly signed by England Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Athletics NI, Youth Sport Trust, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Run 4 Wales, London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, The Daily Mile and parkrun. 

The signatories are urging politicians to respond and actively integrate sports and physical activity into the nation’s mental health and education strategies to provide a long-term solution to this growing crisis.