Publish date: 14 May 2024

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is proud to be supporting national Mental Health Awareness Week which starts on Monday (May 13th) with the theme Moments for Movement.

To celebrate the week, AWP is going behind the scenes at Callington Road Hospital to shine a light on our physiotherapy team and how they incorporate movement and physical activity for patients receiving inpatient mental health care.

Procolo Testa, Physiotherapy & Exercise Team Leader at Callington Road said: “Movement is a huge part of recovery and we encourage exercise and movement in a number of different ways, movement doesn’t always mean a gym session, it could mean a walk in the park, commuting to work by bike or walking, it could mean a group session in our multi-purpose room doing adapted Thai Chi or strength yoga style sessions. It’s important we tailor activities to the individual’s needs”

Larch Ward at Callington Road, Bristol has recently been refurbished providing a fresh new space for patients to exercise, this includes a gym room and a multi-purpose room which is used for a number of different sessions.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides healthcare for people with serious mental illness, learning disabilities and autism in inpatient and community-based settings.  We service a population of around 1.8 million across Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Swindon and Wiltshire, and Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

You can follow the campaign on our social channels or join in by sharing photos of your own #MomentsForMovement on social media and for more information about how to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week, click here

Meet our Physiotherapist; Procolo

 The benefits of movement

Gym facilities and activities available at Larch, Callington Road