Head in the Clouds – Mental Health Awareness

Head in the Clouds is a BGA initiative to raise Mental Health Awareness in gliding. It is being led by Mental Health First Aider and BGGC Membership Liaison Officer, Joey Beard.

The BGA are already a signatory to the Sport & Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter: ‘By signing up to the Charter, you are committing to helping make our vision, to embed mental health within sport and recreation to create a culture shift that removes the stigma around mental health, a reality.’

In the April/May Issue of S&G this year, Joey wrote an article about the need to raise mental health awareness in Gliding called ‘Head in the Clouds’  The article emphasized the need to:

  • Talk more openly about mental wellbeing in gliding.
  • Recognise the signs of mental health issues and know where to go for help.
  • Recognise the positive impact our sport has on mental health.

Following a number of focus groups and discussions at the Club Development Conference, the next step is to create an Action Plan for approval by the Sport & Recreational Alliance. As part of this awareness campaign, we are seeking glider pilots to tell their stories about mental health to get more people talking on the airfield.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact joanna.beard@hotmail.com