Comic Relief has launched this funding call with two aims:
Firstly, it aims to support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing.
Secondly, it aims to contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.
The fund will support work in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SPORTS BASED APPROACHES
By sports based approaches, we mean programmes which combine a sport for change approach with specific therapeutic elements, and that have access to mental health expertise.
We aim to support projects that work with the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities.
Comic Relief recognises that genuine impact requires focus; so, we target four key issue areas for our funding, one of which is global mental health. We believe that every person has the right to quality mental health support where and when they need it and has the right to live free from stigma and discrimination.
It is estimated that 450 million people are currently suffering from mental health problems. It is one of the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the 800,000 lives lost to suicide per year.