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Mental Health

MIND

Contact Name
MIND
Contact Email
contact@mind.org.uk
Contact Telephone
020 8519 2122

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Tuesday 18th December

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Tuesday 18th December

New Park Beginners Running Group

Tuesday 18th December

What is Mental Health?

It's well known that regular exercise is good for our bodies – and there's good evidence that it can help improve our mental wellbeing too.

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.

MIND's online information about getting started with physical activity can help people with mental health problems better understand how sport and exercise can improve their physical and mental health – and overcome some common barriers.

Deciding what's safe for you, how hard you should push yourself and finding the right sport or activity can be difficult when you've got a mental health problem. And we can all struggle finding the motivation to be active.

Benefits

Mood: when asked to rate their mood immediately after periods of physical activity (going for a walk, doing housework) and periods of inactivity (reading a book, watching television), participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active.When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of endorphins (or 'feel good' hormones), which can calm anxiety and lift your mood.

Stress: when events occur that make us feel threatened or upset, our body's defences cut in and create a stress response, which may make us feel a variety of uncomfortable physical symptoms. These symptoms are triggered by a rush of stress hormones – the fight or flight response. Adrenaline and noradrenaline raise our blood pressure, increase our heart rate and increase the rate at which we perspire. This causes us to feel stress. Physical activity is a good output for relieving these symptoms and consequently relieving stress.

Self-esteem: how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive our self-worth is a key indicator of our mental wellbeing and our ability to cope with life stressors. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth. When you start to see your fitness levels increase and your body improve, it can give your self-esteem a big boost. The sense of achievement you get from learning new skills and achieving your goals can help you feel better about yourself and lift your mood.

Depression and anxiety: physical activity is increasingly used as an alternative treatment for depression. It can also reduce levels of anxiety in people with mild symptoms and may also be helpful for treating clinical anxiety.One study has found that by increasing your activity levels from doing nothing to exercising at least three times a week, you can reduce your risk of depression by almost 20%.

Social and Emotional Benefits: being around other people is good for our mental health and social networks, plus you can maximise the benefits of exercising by doing it with other people. Lots of us enjoy being active because it's fun. Researchers have shown that there's a link between the things we enjoy doing and improvements in our wellbeing overall.

Don't forget the physical benefits too. Being physically active can reduce your risk of some diseases, improve the health of your organs and bones, help you to maintain a healthy weight and give you more energy.

Involvement

Quick tips for being more active - Watch the video for five ways to get moving and feel better.

MIND's online community, Elefriends is a great place for people to find support from people with mental health problems who are using sport to stay well.

Campaigns

Every Mind Matters

How do you handle life's ups and downs?

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You is here to help achieve a healthier you by providing tools and support to make small, easy changes towards a longer, healthier life.

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

National Obesity Awareness Week: 14-20 January

Taking place on 14th - 20th January, we'd love for you to get involved and spread obesity awareness.

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.

National Stress Awareness Month

April marks the start of National Stress Awareness Month! What are your plans?

World Health Day: 7 April

WHO use the anniversary of their founding day not only as an opportunity to celebrate the organization and its work but also as an opportunity to highlight a current global health priority.

World Sleep Day: 15 March

World Sleep Day® is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life.

Local Programmes

First Contact Plus

An online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place.

RunTogether Leicester-Shire & Rutland

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport and Run Together believe running / jogging is for everyone and is most fun when shared with others. Try one of our group runs to find out for yourself...

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

National Programmes

Couch to 5K

The One You Couch to 5k app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

Get Set to Go

The programme aims to improve the lives of people who have mental health problems through access to sport in their communities.

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Harborough LSA
    H&B LSA
    Melton LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    County Sport Network
    O&W LSA
    Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
  • NWL LSA
    Equality Standard
    Sport England
    Active Rutland

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Sport England
  • Active Rutland
    Safeguarding
  • Harborough LSA
    O&W LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Melton LSA
  • Equality Standard
    County Sport Network