There's no strength in silence
Men’s Health Active (MHA) is a new initiative which has been designed to encourage male students (and those who identify as male) to use sport and physical activity to help them maintain good levels of mental health.
MHA Student Ambassadors 2021-22
There are two student Men's Health Active ambassadors, who will be overseeing the programme and supporting students to get involved. This year the two ambassadors are Duncan and Euan:
Year of Study: Third Year
Favourite sport / activity: Rugby and American Football (but will happily play and lose to anyone at squash as I am rubbish but really enjoy it).
Most looking forward to this year: I am really looking forward to working with everyone and for the same goals of getting people involved in sport. I have always loved sport and taken a huge amount of meaning from it, and I hope that this can be shared to those who may not have found the same meaning or can find it elsewhere with a new activity!
Course: Sports Rehabilitation
Year of Study: Third year
Favourite sport: Swimming. President of the UON swim team this year too.
Most looking forward to this year: Sport has helped me over the years as an escape from the stresses of everyday life and has been my safe place where I can talk to people and relax. I am looking forward to providing as many opportunities as possible to take part in sport as I know how much it has helped and provided for me. I am looking forward to working with Duncan and the rest of the team to hopefully bring some exciting ideas to life this year.
We will be running a series of online talk shops, with support from male staff from the University's Counselling Service. The sessions which will be an hour in length, will be an opportunity for you to talk about subjects that are important to you in a supportive, safe and confidential environment. You will need to register your interest by emailing the Disability Sport Officer, who will then invite you to the talk shop.
The talk shops, which will be running on a montly basis will be taking place from 3.30 - 4.30pm, in the Wellbeing Hub (C Floor next to the Student Advice Centre) in the Portland Building, on the following dates:
- Thursday 3rd February
- Thursday 3rd March
- Thursday 7th April
"The talk shops are a great space to be seen and heard, and to be able to
connect with others in a non-judgemental, friendly space."
Weekly sports sessions
In term one we will be running a programme of sports and classes to support male students to get active. These sessions will be supported by talk shops - supported and more informal.
All of these sessions will be supported by volunteers and qualified coaches/leaders, so If you would like support accessing any of these sessions, please contact the MHA-Sport team.
Men's Health Active Programme - Term 2
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To be confirmed soon..
How do you access the sessions?
Please turn up just before the session you'd like to do and register your attendance with reception. One of our ambassadors or champions will be at reception and walk you to the session – you can identify them by their green Men’s Health Active t-shirts.
If you need any additional support accessing it, our ambassadors Will or Arvin would be more than happy to help. Please contact them through our Facebook page.
How much does it cost?
The session is £3 for non-sports members and free to those who have a sports membership. Please note that you must pre-book and pay online before you attend the session.
Men's Health Active Champions
We are looking to recruit a team of Men's Health Active Champions to support the promotion and running of the initiative throughout the academic year.
Benefits for those who would like to get involved include:
- Skills development
If you are interested in getting involved in MHA, then please contact the Disability Sport Officer to find out more.
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