Young People, Sports and Wellbeing

We aim to protect and promote mental health, wellbeing and address the cares of young people.

Our focus is on young people: “We aim to protect and promote mental health, wellbeing and address the cares of young people.”


Young people have the most to offer our societies and the most to lose; they are prepared to make sacrifices with total commitment that resonate with their passion and belief in an honest and just world. They are often full of the passions of life, of ideologies that help them defeat their fears and overcome adversity. They told us in our Careif study.

“The promotion of children’s health and wellbeing: the contributions of England’s charity sector”

that they want to shape their legacy and to take actions to protect and preserve their mental health and wellbeing.

Careif work creatively with humility and dignity and balanced partnerships in order to ensure that young people all cultures and societies play their part in our mission of protecting and promoting mental health and well-being. We involved young people at the 3rd World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry in sharing their experience of mental health with professionals from around the world.

All the people involved with careif, Trustees, International Advisors,

Patrons, Friends and Supporters give their time and passion as volunteers. If you want to be part of this experience, seek an opportunity or sponsor your ambitions, why not contact us at [email protected].

Young people are one of our priority areas of work, referred to in here as the ‘Olympic Generation’. We are building on the theme of young people’s interests, instincts, spontaneity and wellbeing. We will seek to harness and nurture young people’s skills in humanities, arts, music, sports, health, education and citizenship

There is empirical evidence from sports and academic organisations which demonstrates the important link between physical activity, mental health and wellbeing.

Careif’s Youth Map: Mapping of care services provided by children’s and Young Peoples’ charities in England

Sports and Arts have been shown to benefit the mental and physical health of children and young people. The charity sector often is a main provider of health promoting activities in response to local community needs. This study maps care services provided by children’s and young peoples’ charities in England

Arts activities were the most frequently provided services, followed by counselling and by sports activities. Only 13% of charities expected their work to contribute to the health legacy of the 2012 London Olympics. Telephone help-lines were provided by 16% of charities that promote mental health. Counselling and arts activities were relatively common, but sports  and activity were limited, despite the evidence base that sport and physical activity as an important intervention for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing

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