Bizkaia Mental Health Network

The Bizkaia Mental Health Network (BMHN) of Osakidetza was born in 2010 to provide cross-cutting and integrated care for people with mental illnesses. The Foundation collaborates with the RSM by organizing multi-sport sessions


The BMHN-Osakidetza is a public health organization that provides specialized care in Mental Health in Bizkaia, from a Community Model in different places (Mental Health Centers, Day Hospitals… ..) distributed throughout the territory of Bizkaia.

The Athletic Club Foundation collaborates with the RSM by organizing multi-sport and soccer sessions with the centers of Ermua, Durango, Gernika, Las Arenas, Erandio, Barakaldo, Ortuella, Bilbao, Lehenak, Zamudio and Manuene. Likewise, the Fundazioa technicians who participate in this project receive a training course given by teachers from the Bizkaia-Osakidetza Mental Health Network. This training course on “Managing situations and helping relationships with people with mental health problems” is an important complement for technicians to optimize training sessions and adapt them to the group of patients with mental illness.

In the weekly trainings run by the Foundation’s coaches, the aim is to help patients in the treatment of mental illness through sport. Sport helps to achieve the following: the improvement of certain symptoms and aspects of the illness, the acquisition of social skills and healthy lifestyles and breaking down the stigmas that unfortunately often surround people suffering from mental illnesses.