16 May 2013
Get physical for Mental Health Awareness Week
Activities taking place during Mental Health Awareness
Week (13th to 19th May) have highlighted the benefits of exercise
and physical activity on mental wellbeing.
Service users, carers, AWP and voluntary sector staff were just
some of the people who came along to try Bristol Active Life
Project's afternoon of activities at St Paul's Academy.
Zumba, rounders, hockey and badminton were all on
offer and free for everyone to try.
Active Life Trainer Paul Davies said, "It was great afternoon
and it was nice to see everyone engaging together in such
positive, inclusive, and fun activities while improving their
physical and mental health. We hope to develop this further next
The dietetics team were on hand to provide healthy
snacks and drinks and advice on healthy eating alongside BME
community development workers from AWP and Rethink who were
there to spread the Time for Change message about challenging the
stigma surrounding mental health.
Swindon's Active Life team were joined by a reporter from BBC Radio Wiltshire
who laced up his football boots to join them for a five-a-side
session. He interviewed staff and service users about how exercise
can benefit people with mental health problems, plus
there were studio interviews with AWP's head of profession for
physiotherapy Clare Leonard and physiotherapist Andrew Clyne.
Physical activity can have a positive impact on physical and
mental health including increased energy, weight management, better
sleep, reduced risk and/or symptoms of diabetes, reduced risk
and/or symptoms of coronary heart disease and improved mood.
Click here to 'listen again' to the
interviews (available for 7 days) which ran between 9am
and 9.45am on Thursday 16th May - you might even feel inspired
to get active!