Did you know....

More than one in three people are affected by a mental health problem each year in Scotland.

People with mental illness are almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease and are at higher risk of being overweight or obese.

1 in 3 GP appointments relates to a mental health problem.

Although most people with mental health problems are employed, generally people have better mental health when in employment than when jobless.

Participation in regular physical activity can have a positive influence on mental health and well-being, benefits can include:

  • more energy
  • reduced symptoms of depression/anxiety
  • improved sleeping patterns
  • increased confidence and self-esteem
  • improved mood
  • decreased levels of stress

A single bout of 40 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to increase ‘feel good’ chemicals and improve mood in the short term. Due to this the body can respond better when placed in situations of stress. Funded by Spirit of 2012 from the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund, KA Leisure have expanded the Active North Ayrshire Exercise Referral programme to develop the ‘Mind and Be Active’ project.  The project aims to improve the mental health and well-being of individuals by providing support to increase levels of physical activity.   Staff from the Mind and Be Active Team have completed a nationally recognised qualification in Exercise and Mental Health.

You can either self refer to the project or be referred by a health professional.  One of our specially trained members of staff will guide you through your journey to becoming more active providing support and encouragement along the way.

For more information on Mind and Be Active please contact the Active Lifestyles Team in confidence on 01294 605128.

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