Northamptonshire Mind Launch ‘Get Set to Go’ Project for People With Mental Health Problems
Posted: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:03
Northamptonshire Mind, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport, Freedom Leisure, North Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Town FC Community Trust have launched the Sport England funded 'Get Set To Go' project.
The project aims to give people living with mental health conditions more confidence around getting active. 'Get Set To Go' provides people with fun opportunities to be active in a safe, sociable environment and help them see being active as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
'Get Set To Go' recognises that there are barriers stopping people with mental health problems from being more active, it could be the cost to take part, 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 feeling low. 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's challenges.
The project has a wide range of activities planned including - Angling, clubbercise, football, line dancing, Nordic walking, swim sessions 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 participants might face.
If you like the sounds of the 'Get Set to Go' activities, Rushden Mind have contacts throughout the area and can signpost you to a suitable group.
Graeme Wilson – Physical Activity Development Officer, 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 participation in physical activity 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 like-minded people, it's a great way to make friends and have fun."
The hardest step is the first one, but Northamptonshire Mind and all the partners involved in the project are here to help. If you have any questions or interested in the project, telephone for an informal chat on 01933 312800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details on the programme and the activities, see the booklet link below.