It's okay to not be okay

It’s okay to not be okay. You’re allowed to change your mind, to take a break or leave a situation you don’t feel comfortable in. There’s no need to blame yourself for any of those things just like there’s no need to feel bad about… feeling bad. We should all be allowed to fall apart sometimes so that we can find ourselves all over again.”

One in four people will experience a problem with their mental health every year, but it is not something people find easy to talk about.

Sport can be an important part of the solution. For many being at club and being active with friends is an important part of keeping healthy. While we are in lockdown and facing financial and other difficulties it can be challenging.

If you are in that place when it feels like there is a dark cloud hanging over you, or things are stressing you out and you feel you can’t face them anymore there are people and organisations that you can reach out to.

If you are struggling please start the conversation. It can and will make a difference. What you are experiencing can be helped.

Here are some places where you can find support and someone to talk to:


24/7 free helpline with people that you can talk to

Call: 116 123, Email:

Breathing Space -

Offers a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Call: 0800 83 85 87

Shout is volunteer-run and is the UK’s first 24/7 crises text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere

Text: 85258


Confidential support and advice service for children and young people (under 35) who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide

Call: 0800 061 41 41, Mobile 07860 039967, Email:

Clear your head - have some great tips to help get you through these worrying and uncertain times. There are also links to more support services for parents, those needing recovery services and other organisations that can provide specialist care.

If you are fencing in a club, you can also reach out to your coach or welfare officer.

(If you want to understand more about mental health British Fencing have some more resources here)


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