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Government and sporting bodies to tackle mental health discrimination in sport

25th March 2015

The government has called on sporting bodies to sign a charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health in the world of sport.

Organisations such as the Rugby Football Union, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Football Association have all agreed to sign up to the initiative, which is spearheaded by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Aims of the project include using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, publicly promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice in sport, and using diverse role models to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.

Mr Clegg said: "We're standing together to help kick mental health discrimination out of sport, not just on the pitches but across the playgrounds, so that we can build a fairer society in which no one has to suffer in silence."

From April 5th, most patients requiring talking therapies will be guaranteed the treatment they need in as little as six weeks, with a maximum wait of 18 weeks.

Mr Clegg also called for a commitment earlier this year to eradicate instances of suicide among NHS patients.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801781237-ADNFCR

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