Mental health and physical activity in Northern Ireland1 May 2018, Jade Yap
Jade Yap looks at the evidence around mental health and exercise, and describes our new project on mental health and physical activity in Northern Ireland.
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Six years ago, Sabina lost her father to suicide. Here, she tells the moving story of the impact it had on her and how she's coping today.
For World Mental Health Day, Jack began sailing around the world...
Sailor Jack Chidley talks about his experience of mental health problems and his unusual way of marking World Mental Health Day 2015.
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I'm a dance fitness instructor and I just love it! I have a great range of people come to my classes from all walks of life, all ages, and of all abilities. Many people have told me how much they have lost weight and felt better since taking classes. But dance isn't just about fitness and losing weight, it can also help mentally as well as physically. A few years ago I was, like many others, struggling with money, work and my physical health (I have carpal tunnel syndrome and Raynaud's disease) and my depression started to rear its head again. My depression first started many years ago after...
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Physical activity and mental health
Physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing. Being physically active means moving your body and working your muscles: for example, by walking, running, dancing, swimming, doing yoga or gardening.
"The beauty of practising yoga is that your own experience is the real teacher"5 December 2014,
Senior Research Officer, Lauren Chakkalackal, on the healing power of yoga for both body and mind.