Partnership Development and Engagement Manager (Education, Health and Wellbeing)
Research Group and Institute
- Sport, health and wellbeing
Jon Jones is Partnership Development and Engagement Manager, sitting between the Faculty of Education and Department of Sport and Physical Activity, and leads the children and young people’s mental health programme Tackling the Blues, that is delivered in partnership with Everton in the Community (https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/sport/everton-community-partnership/tackling-the-blues/). Jon also works with a range of partners to develop research and opportunities for students focused on education, sport and mental health. Jon is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult instructor, qualified in November 2017.
Jon joined Edge Hill in 2015 to lead the Tackling the Blues programme, having previously worked at Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Manchester United Foundation. He completed his MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise (2011) at the University of Chester having completed his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (2010), also at the University of Chester.
Jon’s research focuses on the links between sport, physical activity, education and (mental) health, the design and implementation of community programmes aiming to improve (mental) health, and the impact of mental health policy on educational professionals.
The Tackling the Blues programme has been cited in the UK Select Committee’s Suicide Prevention report (2017), featured on BBC platforms (Match of the Day 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live), and received the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community award at the Times Higher Education Awards.
Jon’s external engagement activities include:
- Helping manage the children and young people’s work with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), namely Tackling the Blues.
- Developing a relationship with Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to offer support for children and young people in the service and inform curriculum design and CPD opportunities for students.
- Working closely with a large number of schools across Merseyside and Lancashire, to develop research and student employment and experience opportunities.
- Work closely with a number of schools and organisations to develop mental health related training and CPD opportunities.
- Part of the national Mental Health First Aid network as a qualified trainer, delivering Mental Health First Aid to a number of organisations and sharing practice nationally.
- Jones, J., and Smith, A. (to be published 2018). Tackling the Blues: A site for the promotion of mental health awareness amongst children and young people from socially deprived areas? Frontiers in Sociology, section Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies
- Jones, J., Smith, A., and O’Keeffe, H. (2018). Tackling the Blues: A sport and education based mental health programme for children and young people. In G, Breslin., and G, Leavy Mental health and well-being interventions in sport: A case study analysis. London: Routledge
- Smith, A., Jones, J., Houghton, L. and Duffell, T. (2016). A political spectator sport or policy priority? A review of sport, physical activity and public mental health policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 8, 593-607. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2016.1230554