Northamptonshire Sport, Freedom Leisure and Rushden Mind Help Show People in East Northants the Way to Better Mental Wellbeing!
Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:00
A new collaboration in East Northants is helping people living in the area to improve their mental health through the power of physical activity! Northamptonshire Sport are working with Freedom Leisure and Rushden Mind on a project called 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' which is a national 'Mind' project being piloted in the county for the first time with a group of 10 people from the East Northants area who have a variety of mental health problems.
One of the Five Ways for people to maintain and improve their mental wellbeing as implemented for the project by the New Economics Foundation is to get active. For the East Northants project Rushden Mind called upon Northamptonshire Sport and Freedom Leisure to create and deliver the 'Get Active' module to their group. This was done for the first time last week and was very well received by all concerned.
Graeme Wilson from Northamptonshire Sport and Johnathan Rudland from Freedom Leisure (pictured) initially introduced the importance of physical activity to the group. They then talked about the amount of physical activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officer from Public Health England that people need to do in order to maintain a good level of physical health (150 minutes of moderately intense activity a week), but reassured the group that anything was better than nothing and could be improved upon in small steps knowing how difficult it can be for anyone to get started never mind those people with a mental health problem.
The wider benefits of physical activity were then talked about linking in with some of the other 'Four Ways to Wellbeing' used for the project such as 'connecting' through the social life it can bring, 'learning' new skills while taking part, and 'giving' by helping others to keep motivated to complete an activity all of which can improve people's mental health.
Graeme and Johnathan then listened to some of the many barriers that members of the group faced to being active and helped to suggest ways in which these could potentially be overcome.
They then provided them with information about a number of physical activity opportunities available in the local area that they could participate in as well as listening to other things that members of the group may possibly like to engage in.
The session finished with an opportunity for the group members to ask any further questions they had before an action plan was put together for each of them to go away with in order to start them off with a clear path of what their next steps would be to get more active as a result of what they'd learnt during the session.
All of the organisations involved in the project are going to continue supporting each member of the group to get active in the future by providing additional signposting to activities they all said they'd like to do, removing some of the barriers to activity which were highlighted during the session and creating new opportunities based on feedback. Work has already been done to open up the 'GP Referral' scheme to people involved in the project offering them discounted gym membership for 3 months with the support of Freedom Leisure staff at the Pemberton Centre, Nene Centre, or Splash Pool to build up confidence and work through a personalised plan.
They are also looking to develop a bespoke activity session for people being supported by Rushden Mind who have been involved in the 'Five ways to Wellbeing' project and would feel more confident getting active with the same group of people they have grown to be comfortable around throughout the course of the process.
For more information on the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' go to the Mind website and to find out more information about the East Northants project contact Rushden Mind by phone on 01933 312800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally if you live anywhere in East Northants and would like to get more active, or volunteer to help others do more by delivering, or developing opportunities then please contact Johnathan Rutland from Freedom Leisure on 07702 859 553 Johnathan.email@example.com.