An opportunity for colleges to measure the impact of physical activity on mental health

Increasing evidence is emerging that shows physical activity can improve mental health. Mind’s recent Get Set to Go study found that physical activity has an important role to play in building resilience and supporting mental health recovery.

With growing numbers of students in colleges being diagnosed with mental health conditions AoC Sport are conducting some research to understand the impact of physical activity on mental health in colleges. The study will use the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS) to assess student’s mental wellbeing.

Kirstie Hickson, Policy and Projects Officer at AoC Sport commented “Over the past couple of years colleges have been doing great work using physical activity to improve mental health. Until now we haven’t shown the impact that this has had on the students involved and the way they cope with their mental health difficulties. This project seemed like the next step in the work we’re doing around mental health and there’s already been lots of interest from colleges to be involved.”

For further information regarding the project and how to get involved please download the information pack.