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Community Projects

At Mental Health Muscle, our community engagement & interactions with people, from all backgrounds and abilities, are at the forefront of our work.

Raising awareness at a community level is vital. There are many different communities that we look to get involved with to improve understanding, provide insight into better mental management using fitness and physical activity as the tool. When families and individuals feel empowered to manage and understand their mental health better and support others confidently, the stigma can broken at a local level, which can have a ripple effect nationally.

Starting locally and growing from the core; we are #StrongerTogether!

What is a 'Meet & Eat'?

Utilising our amazing team of volunteers, we organise and provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in physical activity through our open access Meet & Eat's.

Simply put, we engage in a physical activity, we talk about our experiences and share those with others with like minded people, create opportunity for everyone to have a go and then grab some food somewhere awesome after. Improving confidence and ensuring everyone knows they are not alone with their mental struggles, breaking down the stigma with each gathering, breaking down social isolation and exclusion, increasing the knowledge of how physical activity can have such impact on our lives.

What does a typical 'Fundraising Awareness Event' look like?

Our fundraising and awareness events are a huge part of what we do in communities and they are usually made up of the following elements:

  • Educational Seminars on mental health related content
  • Fitness Activities & Competitions
  • Fundraising Challenges
  • Meet and Greet Zone with Special Guests
  • Local & International Exhibitors supporting Mental Health Muscle
  • Open Space to Interact, meet other individuals & share experiences and stories
  • Live Auctions & Raffles
  • Open Gym to Train
  • Refreshments from Local Businesses

We are proud to be active in the local community having been Runner Up at the Teignbridge Sports & Community Awards 2018 for Organisation Contribution to Sport & the Community.

It is very important to us that we engage with the community through as many different avenues and contexts as possible. We facilitate a number of different projects and will continue to create more as and when we can.

Below are a just a handful of ongoing projects:

Latest Projects

  • Mental Health Monday

    We now operate out of the amazing PB Strength & Conditioning Suite in Teignmouth (Devon) on a Monday evening as a HUB partnership begins to offer personal training, one to one mentoring and mindset coaching to those who need it the most. An open door policy, both members and non members welcome to sign up with Aaron, our Founder, for personalised coaching, guidance and non clinical mental health support.

  • Building Mental Resilience; Preparing for Transition

    Working with our friend Debbie Frances, Founder of The Project, we focus our awareness workshops on the transitional periods in education for young people. Empowering youth to be better prepared for the pressures and constraints put on them in the education system. These interactive and hugely impactful sessions are designed to build stronger mindsets and better coping strategies for what lies ahead

  • Mental Health First Aid

    After successfully being granted some funding from Recovery Devon, we were able to put a collection of fitness professionals through MHFA to improve their knowledge and understanding of working with individuals with mental health difficulties. We hope to do more of the same work in other areas soon...

  • NCS North Devon - Social Media, Identity & Body Image Workshops

    Workshops delivered to 16 - 18 year old students on the NCS (National Citizen Service) Programme to raise awareness of mental health with focus on social media platforms, identity and self worth. Creating opportunity for young people to talk and share their experiences with peers and professionals

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