WW & Mental Health

Wimbledon Windmilers and Mental Health

The Windmilers is more than a club. We are a community. We want to make sure that no-one in our community has to face a mental health problem alone. We want to help members share their experiences and realise the healing power of speaking up. If people are able to open up about their mental health, they will find there are many Windmilers there to support them and they will discover others around who are going through something similar.

Our aim is to create an atmosphere of openness, awareness and acceptance in order to be able to address mental health in the same way physical health is addressed. We all have physical health. We all have mental health.

What is the Wimbledon Windmilers #RunandTalk Programme

Sport is an excellent way to tackle stress, relieve pressures of life and alleviate poor moods, while at the same time improving our physical fitness. It's also an excellent excuse to get out and about in green spaces with a friendly group of fellow members.

Run and Talk sessions are gently paced and around 4 miles (with shorter options for those who prefer). Our aim is to have a good time together, getting to know each other better, chatting and catching up. The Windmilers Run and Talk sessions are organised by our small team of Mental Health Champions who are members of the club. Their names are listed below.

Most people will experience a mental health episode at some time in their life or have someone close to them who does and the Windmilers, as part of the England Athletics’ #RunAndTalk Programme, is here to offer support. Regular exercise combined with talking about mental health issues has been recognised as a great way of improving mental health as well as breaking down stigma around discussing these issues.

There will be a #RunandTalk session on 23rd May so please do come along, and share, and listen.

England Athletics and Mental Health

Under England Athletics' #RunAndTalk Programme a volunteer network has been established among running clubs all over the country. It aims to inspire people who are experiencing mental health problems to start running, to motivate ex-runners to get back into running and to support those running to continue.

Where to go for support for your mental health

it is always good to talk about mental health, but we recognise that talking about the topic with a fellow member may not always be enough. So, it’s important to know where to go for professional advice, assistance and support.

Your doctor is always a good place to start, but if, for any reason, you are not comfortable approaching your GP or other NHS services, here are some other options for obtaining professional support:


Samaritans offer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, confidential, free helplines, where you may talk anytime you like, in your own way.

Samaritans website
Helpline: 116 123
E-mail: jo@samaritans.org


Mind is a mental health charity which supports EA’s RunAndTalk programme. They are able to offer a wide range of support including a confidential information line, free information-resources and further help through a national network.

Mind website
Mind info line: 0300 123 3393, with lines being open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays
E-Mail: info@mind.org.ukMore detailed info on crisis services may be found here
Mind’s guide to support someone else to seek help for a mental health problem can be found here.


All inquiries about the Run And Talk Programme: send an email to runandtalk@windmilers.org.uk or speak to one of our Mental Health Champions:

Steve Fletcher

Emma Lonnen

Gavin McLaughlan

Susie O’Connor

Amy Prescott

Carl Rautenbach