How the Federation is part of the project…

The Northern Ireland Judo Federation believes that mental wellbeing in sport is vitally important. Therefore, they are supporting the workshops which Sport NI are facilitating through various mental health organisations. These are detailed at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you are looking after your mental wellbeing as well and your physical and social wellbeing.

Mental Health

‘Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with he normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’ (World Health Organisation)


Resilience is the ability to recover and bounce back from adversity and hardships feeling stronger and more capable to cope than ever before. Resilient people demonstrate great flexibility, high energy, mental agility and consistently perform at their highest level. They have strong relationships and support networks that help them to amplify their productivity and results.

5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Here are five steps which we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you try these, you may feel happier and positive.

  1. Connect – Connect with people around you, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  2. Be Active – Find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your life. 
  3. Keep Learning – Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and new confidence
  4. Give to others – even the smallest act can count. Whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Volunteering can help your mental wellbeing and help you build social networks.
  5. Be mindful – Be more aware of present moment. Including thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Mindfulness can positively change the way you fell about life and how you approach challenges. (NHS)

Organisations for additional support to improve mental wellbeing

Action Mental Health Northern Ireland

Aware NI

Sporting Chance

Other organisations for support

Lifeline Freephone 24/7 Crisis Councelling Service

0808 808 8000

Child Line

0800 1111

Addiction NI

028 90664434

Mind Your Head

Drugs and Alcohol Northern Ireland

Helplines Network NI


3 Workshops are being delivered to support mental health and wellbeing in sports clubs and the community. These are detailed below;

Workshop 1 – Action Mental Health

Sport Northern Ireland, in partnership with Public Health Agency, has engaged with Action Mental Health to offer a 90 minute interactive session that supports the mental health and emotional wellbeing of those involved in sports clubs and the wider sporting community.


  • Explores attitudes, challenging stigma and misconceptions
  • Mental ill health
  • Pressure Vs Stress
  • Identifying positive coping strategies
  • Identifying support networks
  • Signposting to sources of support

This session can be tailored and delivered to;

  • 14-17-year olds and /or
  • Adults

Workshop 2 – Aware

Sport Northern Ireland in partnership with Public Health Agency has engaged with Aware NI to offer a 90 minute sessions based on understanding how our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical wellbeing can be affected when we face a setback. It will focus on how to build our resilience to allow us to;

  • Enjoy our successes
  • Enjoy the good things in life
  • Deal with he difficult things as and when they happen
  • Build on our ability and capacity to bounce back

This is a light and interactive session focusing on the ‘Take 5 steps to Wellbeing’. It teaches this through physical activity, group interaction and information that will support education around resilience and factors that affect our mental health.

This session can be tailored and delivered to;

  • 14-17 year olds and/or
  • Adults
  • Under 13 years

Workshop 3 – Sporting Chance

Sport Northern Ireland has engaged with Sporting Chance (Established by former Arsenal and England football captain Tony Adams to provide a specialist addiction and recovery facility for athletes) to offer a Lifestyle Education Seminar. This session will introduce athletes to the information and tools they need to avoid the pitfalls and destructive behaviour patterns that can develop in sport.


  • Alcohol, other substance use (non-prescribed and illegal) and gambling (as well as other examples of addictive behaviours)
  • Warning signs of addiction and what to do if players recognise these signs in themselves or others
  • What defines addiction? Progressive illness and vicious circle
  • Coping differences
  • Emotional Wellbeing and mental Health
  • Identifying the danger signs in you and in others
  • How and where to seek help

This session can be tailored and delivered to suit both males and females across a range of age groups and is facilitated by an ex player (male or female) featuring the ‘Players’ story.

If you are interested in any of these workshops, please email to arrange a course.