• A recently published survey found that 84% of people believe that the Government should invest more money in mental health sport and physical activity programmes. The study of 1,000 respondents was commissioned by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Player’s Federation(PPF) and Mind.

    It has long been established that physical activity has a hugely positive effect on an individual's mental health. Of course not all of us may feel the effects in the moment if you’re a bit hot a sweaty on that early morning run! However, there is a substantial amount of evidence to prove the positive effects our bodies experience. Even if you don’t quite feel it until you pause to gulp down some water! In fact the poll has found that 80% of people agree their mental health is improved if they exercise or are physically active.

    With 1 in 4 people in the UK anticipated to experience a mental health problem in the next year, the sport and recreation sector, along with Mind, is calling on Government to further support and invest in collaborative mental health and physical activity programmes.

    85% of participants also agreed that GPs, nurses and pharmacists should promote sport and physical activity as a treatment to help people with their mental health.

    Mind’s Get Set to Go project has now started which aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems by sustaining access to sport in their communities. Get Set to Go is accessible to adults aged 18+ living across Tyneside, specifically Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside & South Tyneside. If you’d like more information or to find out how to sign up click here.

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