When Janice came to Halo back in January she’d had a pretty rough Christmas. Dogged by ill health, she’d ended up spending the holiday alone, and felt isolated, anxious and tired. It was Casey, a colleague from her workplace, who encouraged her to come for a swim when she went back to work in the New Year, and who helped her make a change.
Buddying her in the pool, and then at classes, her pal helped Janice discover how exercise can have an impact on mental health in so many ways. The Mental Health Foundation (www.mentalhealth.org.uk) say even 10 minutes brisk walking can improve mood, but that participation in regular activity can boost self-esteem, reduce stress and anxiety and play a role in preventing more serious mental health problems.
On October 10th - World Mental Health Day - mental health professionals across the country will be talking about their work, and what needs to be done to improve understanding of mental health issues, and to make good mental health a reality for people everywhere. Why not join the conversation by talking to your friends, family and colleagues about what you can do for each other’s good mental health? Simply sharing lunch, taking a walk to talk, or - like Janice and her pal - coming into Halo to enjoy all the benefits of exercise is a great start.