Rushden Mind Launch Their ‘Get Set to Go’ Project for People With Mental Health Conditions
Posted: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 12:30
Rushden Mind, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport, Northampton Town FC Community Trust, East Northamptonshire Council and Freedom Leisure have launched their Sport England funded Get Set To Go project.
The aims of the project are to give people who are living with a mental health condition more confidence about getting active, provide them with fun opportunities to do so in a safe, sociable environment and get them to see it as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
The barriers could be cost of the activity, anxiety, panic attacks or lack of motivation. The project has volunteers who will help guide participants through the process in order to help them start their journey.
Research has shown that physical exercise is good for us, but living with a mental health condition can reduce our desire to get up and go, especially when we're low and just not feeling it. Evidence has shown that physical exercise can improve our mental health, reduce anxiety, increase our self-esteem and help us to cope better with life.
The project has a wide range of activities planned including Mindful Yoga, Clubbercise, Swim Chat Chill, Mindful football and many more. You don't have to be "sporty" to participate in them and there will be no pressure to keep up with the class.
All of the coaches/instructors and volunteers have attended a Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) training workshop, making them aware of the challenges participant's face.
If you hopefully enjoy the 'Get Set to Go' activities then Rushden Mind have contacts throughout the area and can signpost you to a suitable group with members that have completed the MHASPA training where you can carry on participating with them.
Jackie Browne – Sports & Physical Activity Manager, Northamptonshire Sport said:
"Northamptonshire Sport is delighted to be one of the partners in this exciting project. We know the positive impact this project will have locally. Regular involvement in sport and exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. It can have a profoundly positive impact on depression and anxiety. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood, self-esteem and confidence. More importantly, if you find an activity you enjoy with a group of likeminded people, its great way to make friends and have fun."
The hardest step is the first one, but Rushden Mind and all the partners involved in the project are here to help. More information about Get Set to Go can be found in the booklet attached and on the Rushden Mind website. If you have any questions or interested in the project, telephone for an informal chat on 01933 350324 or alternatively email email@example.com.