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 and soccer sessions


The MHN of Osakidetza carries out its daily work in the different Mental Health Centers distributed throughout the territory, as well as in the Day Hospitals. 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.

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  • Promotes physical activity and healthy habits.
  • Prevents diseases and unhealthy behaviour.
  • May improve some symptoms or aspects of a disorder.
  • Improves interpersonal relationships.
  • Increases self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment and independence.
  • Improves emotional stability, concentration, handling frustration and taking responsibility.
  • Promotes self-improvement, motivation and resilience.
  • Provides opportunities for people with mental health disorders to take part in sporting activities.
  • Promotes social development and improves perceptions and stigmas associated with people with mental disorders.
  • It raises the visibility and awareness of mental health in society, thereby reducing discrimination.