14 November 2017

Mental health benefits of physical activity

Mental health benefits of physical activity

Results from a two year evaluation of Mind’s Get Set to Go programme found that people with mental health problems who are more active have better mental wellbeing.

The programme supports people with mental health problems benefit from being physically active and has supported 3,585 people with mental health problems get more active.

Key findings:

  • Participants increased their activity levels by an average of 1.3 days per week
  • Participants felt like they had more support available to them after taking part in the programme.
  • Participants felt like they had improved their resilience and ability to cope.

Get Set to Go was delivered across communities in England by eight local Minds. Participants received group and one-to-one support from peers with an understanding of how mental health can be a barrier to physical activity. Participants took part in a range of activities including the gym, football, badminton, boxing, walking, boccia and ultimate Frisbee. They also received support through Mind’s safe and supportive online social network Elefriends, by swapping tips, advice and linking up with others who were just starting out.

Get Set to Go is run by Mind and funded by Sport England and the National Lottery. It was independently evaluated by Loughborough University.

DOWNLOAD: Get Set to Go programme evaluation summary