Become a Member

BWL is committed to the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Mental Health Charter.

The Charter sets out how sport and recreation organisations should adopt good mental health practice to make activities inclusive, positive and open to everyone. As part of this commitment, BWL is committed to:

  • Using our sport to promote good mental health and wellbeing
  • Adopting good mental health policies and best practices
  • Appointing ambassadors and role models
  • Tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health
  • Supporting a pan-sport platform to develop and share resources and best practice
  • Throughout all of this we should regularly monitor our performance

Lifting and Wellbeing

Research suggests there are five ways we can all improve our wellbeing, why not give them a try?

  1. Connect

Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Why not lift with other people, whether it is a training session or club session, even saying hello to a fellow gym goer. It can all help your mental wellbeing.


  1. Be active

Being active makes you feel good, and regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Weight Lifting at any intensity will have beneficial effects on your mental wellbeing, not to mention the obvious physical benefits like improving your strength.


  1. Keep learning

Learning new skills or improving current skills can give you a great sense of achievement and confidence. Make time to try something new, rediscover an old interest or set a challenge you’ll enjoy. Make your goals realistic for your training, you don’t have to lift hundreds of kilos or a personal best every time. How about aiming to hit a lift consecutively?


  1. Give to others

Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word of encouragement to fellow lifters. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local weight lifting club or at a competition at any level can be extremely rewarding.


  1. Be mindful

Try to be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’. Getting in the gym and weight lifting whilst concentrating on that moment can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.


What if I need support?

 If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:





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