This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, taking the theme of anxiety, so don’t forget playing table tennis is proven to improve mental health!

As the graphic below shows, one in four of us will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in our life.

Physical activity in general is shown to reduce stress, anxiety and the risk of depression, while table tennis, as a flexible sport suitable for everyone, is a great way enjoy that physical activity.

The Sport in Mind activity map is a good place to find physical activity sessions – including table tennis sessions – to help promote good mental health. Click here to search the map for a session near you.

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and how to combat feelings of anxiety, click here to visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

The subject of mental health also came up in our recent TT Insider film The Reunion – Liam & Zak, in which England No 1 Liam Pitchford and singer-songwriter Zak Abel discuss the issues they have faced in their lives.