The Power of Physical Activity for Mental Health
Our physical and mental health are closely linked and there’s good evidence that getting more physically active can have real benefits for our mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that being physically active can reduce the risk of depression by up to 30%. As well as helping release endorphins and regulate stress hormones, the benefits of being regularly active also include boosting self-esteem and building social support. It’s a holistic approach to nurturing both your body and your mind.
Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity for Mind, said: “Physical activity and movement are a vital way to support people to live well and stay well. Our own research suggests that almost two thirds of people (65 per cent) feel physical activity should be offered alongside medication and talking therapy for people with mental health problems. We’re thrilled to be working with Chasing the Stigma and are tremendously grateful to all the many charities from our Mental Health Expert Group and people with lived experience of mental health problems who helped contribute to and shape the Hub of Hope.
“We hope the Hub of Hope can provide specially-designed support for people with mental health problems and provide welcoming, friendly and supportive environments for them. With a range of physical activity and movement programmes on offer, from boxing and football to walking groups, we hope the Hub means more people can find what works for them. We would also encourage other organisations working in this space to list their services and promote Hub of Hope so that more people across the country can find the right support local to them.”