Issue date: 17 February 2014
UWE Bristol has joined forces with South Gloucestershire Council and the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to organise 'Exercise SG' - a new weekly programme of group activities that promote positive mental health among students.
Exercise SG takes place every Friday at the UWE Bristol Centre for Sport from 11:00 – 13:00. Participants may choose from a range of sports and exercises such as squash, badminton and walking, as well as other fitness activities. A trained facilitator leads each session, which also includes socialising and mutual support.
The initial session is free and only £1 after that, thanks to South Gloucestershire Council's 'Everybody's Business' grant and the generous support of all three partners.
Lizzie Sabine, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at UWE Bristol, says, “Studies show that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a university year. It is well reported that exercise has a positive effect on mental health. The endorphins released during activity raise a person's mood and afterwards one can feel a real sense of achievement – plus it's fun!”
Entry to the Exercise SG programme is by referral and you can refer yourself. Just visit www.southglos.gov.uk/A4L, call 01454 863937 or visit the University's Well Being Services to enrol.