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Time to change WMHAThe World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association is delighted to be a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

For too long fear of stigma and discrimination has prevented people seeking help for a mental health problem or talking openly about their mental health.

We believe that The Charter can be a force for change, helping us to build on the good work we’ve done so far, so we can transform attitudes and encourage positive conversations about mental health – not only within the family of sport but with the wider communities we are able to reach.

We back The Charter and its aims to:

• Create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation
• Encourage people to talk about mental health
• Support people to seek help and support when needed.

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This weekend is not only a weekend of sporting fixtures but also marks World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October). To recognise the day, we’re supporting Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, with their latest campaign that highlights the small things that you can do to make a big difference to someone you know who has a mental health problem. To discover the small things visit www.time-to-change.org.uk. Also, make sure you share the campaign on social media using the hashtag #smallthings.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We’re delighted to be a signatory and pleased to be working with the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Professional Players Federation and organisations like Mind.

“We understand that mental health problems can affect anyone in any walk of life and that it’s important for support structures to be in place. Sport can be a force for change.”

The Charter was launched in spring 2015 by the Alliance and the Professional Players Federation as an increasing number of individuals in and around the sporting world talk about mental health. To date over 190 sporting organisations have signed The Charter and are committed to making their sports accessible to people with mental health problems and are using it as a force for social change. Charter signatories are receiving support from the mental health charities Mind and Time to Change to implement their Charter commitments.

If you would like more information visit www.mind.org.uk/sport or contact Infoline info@mind.org.uk

The Charter and action points are available online: www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/mental-health-charter