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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week celebrates the theme of movement, highlighting the powerful impact physical activity has on our mental wellbeing.

What is Physical Activity?

So, what is physical activity? Physical activity is any movement your body does that uses energy, whether it’s part of your everyday routine, such as cleaning or cooking, or intentional exercise like walking, swimming, or yoga.

Did you know that even just a short burst of brisk walking for 10 minutes can boost our mental alertness, energy, and mood? It doesn’t need to be an activity that gets our hearts racing either – a gentle yoga session can also support our mental wellbeing too!

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Participation in regular physical activity can benefit us by:

  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Reducing our risk of depression
  • Giving a sense of purpose and value
  • Improving quality of sleep.

It’s a vital tool in preventing mental ill health and improving the quality of life for those experiencing it.

Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the connection between movement and mental health. If you’d like to get involved with our events throughout the week, check out our Mental Health Awareness Week webpage.

Get involved!

Jade’s Journey: A Testament to the Power of Movement

To showcase how Bath Mind can support your wellbeing, this Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond, we’re thrilled to share Jade’s* inspiring journey.  Jade’s story highlights the transformative power of movement on both physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the nurturing support provided by Bath Mind, and the vital role our work plays in the local community’s mental health. 

“I’ve had type two diabetes for the last four years. Since I’ve been doing this (Bath Mind’s Wellbeing Walks), I’ve got a new routine and a more active lifestyle…Now, from getting out and being out, I’m two or three points off putting my diabetes in full remission.

You’re encouraged to speak if you want to, but you don’t have to speak. The first couple of times, I didn’t really talk to people much; I just walked and looked at things…But gradually I found I would even start a conversation, which is so unlike me!”

Donate today to help Bath Mind ensure that more individuals like Jade have access to the life changing mental health support they need. 

Join the fight for mental health

*Name has been changed for privacy.

Posted on: 9th May 2024

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