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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.

An Overview of Mental Health

Mental health affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental health services in England deal with a wide range of issues, such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders, including panic attacksand phobias
  • psychosis conditions
  • obsessive compulsive disorders
  • eating disorders
  • trauma-related conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
  • perinatal mental health conditions
  • children's mental health conditions
  • drugs and alcohol services
  • ADHD and autism spectrum conditions
  • dementia
  • mental health conditions related to living with long-term conditions

This means mental health services have to be able to cater for people from all walks of life and with very different needs. Mental health services in England are generally run in the following categories:

  • adult services
  • child and adolescent services
  • forensic services
  • learning disability services
  • older adult's services
  • substance misuse services

How these services are organised in each local area may differ. This means some may not cover all mental health conditions, or only deal with people of a certain age.

A Guide to UK-based Free Mental Health Helplines by Cassiobury Court.

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.

Find Mental Health Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Every Mind Matters

Wed, 05 Jun 2019

How do you handle life's ups and downs?

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

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.

Active10

Exercise...made easy. Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?

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.

One You Active 10

Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults in the UK. It negatively impacts the health, social and economic outcomes of individuals and costs the NHS in England millions

National Governing Bodies

MIND

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

Walking Football Moulton (Northampton)

We hold FIVE weekly sessions for those unable to play soccer anywhere else due to injury, illness, medical condition, diabetes, slight disability, age, weight, fitness levels. "If you're still fit to play 5-a-side, then sorry, probably too fit for this!

dancepod

Fun and friendly Ballroom and Latin American Dance Club for all ages and abilities...beginner to competitor!

Group and private sessions available.

Disability Multi Sports Club

Disability Multi Sports Club

For all Children and young people aged (0-25) with SEN/SEND & their families to participate in a variety of sports and soft play/sensory play in Northampton

£4 per child - £6 for 2 or more children - Parents and carers are free

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels. If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you. Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Tuesdays / Fridays just £2 (On Mondays £4/£3). Contact Phil first before attending,

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels.
If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you.
Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Mondays 6.30-7pm £4/£3, Tuesdays / Fridays 11am-12noon £2. WF Club formed in 2015.

Athletics Training - Throws / Jumps / Endurance / Multi Events Training

Athletics Training - Throws / Jumps / Endurance / Multi Events Training

The training session are run by fully qualified and DBS checked coaches and coaching assistants who provide sessions for sprints, middle distance, hurdles, throws and jumps.

Athletics Training - Sprints / Hurdles / Endurance Training

Athletics Training - Sprints / Hurdles / Endurance Training

The training sessions are run by fully qualified and DBS checked coaches and coaching assistants who provide sessions for sprints, middle distance, hurdles, throws and jumps.

Athletics Training - Throws - Shot & Discus

Athletics Training - Throws - Shot & Discus

The training session are run by fully qualified and DBS checked coaches and coaching assistants who provide sessions for sprints, middle distance, hurdles, throws and jumps.

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

parkrun - a 5km walk, jog or run in the park

Market Harborough parkrun

A free, weekly, timed walk, jog or run in the park.

Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Harborough Running Club Beginners

Harborough Running Club Beginners

Get involved in running in Market Harborough.

Squirrels Running Club

Squirrels Running Club

Beginner friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

Fleckney & Kibworth Beginners Running Group

Friendly running group, led by a qualified and insured Run Leader.

Employability Mentor

To mentor a caseload of young people aged 11-29 across a variety of community and school settings, as part of the organisation’s ‘mentoring’ service.

Sport Development Officer

South East Regional Sport Development Officer.

3 year role to develop and manage a supported sport and physical activity programme to help improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems

£22,000 - £25,000 pa based on experience.

Office Administrator

Part-time administrator (18 hours a week)

Supporting the everyday running of Reading based Sport in Mind.

£8,424 pa

Connect

01604 366 976

Latest Jobs

Multi Sports Coach

£7.05 - £11.50 (depending on experience and setting)

12:00am - Thu 1st August, 2019

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