Open your mind for World Mental Health Day
Press release issued: 10 October 2007
At any one time, one in six adults and one in ten children under the age of sixteen suffer a mental health problem. To mark World Mental Health Day, [Wednesday 10 October] the University of Bristol is running a day-long programme of activities for members of the public, staff and students, to help raise awareness of good mental health.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems. Ranging from mild to moderate, to severe, this condition can result from a significant stressful life event. Physical activity is accepted as a treatment for mild to moderate depression and evidence shows it to be a low cost, socially inclusive and a self-sustainable treatment that benefits physical as well as mental health.
The University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health has planned a day’s activities to help improve people’s mental health. Activities will begin with a 30-minute energise session, led by Pilates instructor, Sue Worral. This will be followed by a walk to and around Brandon Hill, led by University staff at lunchtime. Chandos Deli will be providing all walkers with fresh juice and pieces of fruit to help promote a healthy diet as another way of maintaining good mental health.
The highlight of the day is the Centre’s attempt to break its own aerobics class record, for the number of participants taking part. Currently the record is at 93 participants, the Centre is hoping to break that record and is hoping members of the public will join in this free and fun work-out. The record-breaking attempt is also a fundraiser with all proceeds going to Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
Karen Harvey, Healthy Lifestyle Manager at the University, said: “Mental health issues often carry a social stigma preventing many people from seeking help. We want to help improve mental health and raise awareness of ways through which members of the public, staff and students can improve and protect theirs. The University is committed to the health and well-being of its community and that includes its mental, as well as physical and emotional health.”