Pulse Special: Mental Health Awareness

Cordis Pulse 20 May 2024

Pulse Special: Mental Health Awareness

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Welcome to this special edition of the CordisPulse, produced to mark our observance of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place from 13th May 2024. This is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma. This year the theme is: Movement – moving for our mental health.

Approximately one in six adults in the UK report symptoms of common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.1 Evidence also suggests that the prevalence of these mental health conditions is increasing, making it more important than ever to identify and promote ways in which we can maintain mental wellbeing. In line with the theme for the year, we have highlighted publications which focus on physical activity, particularly in relation to mental wellbeing. To compile the resources highlighted in this edition, we conducted a rapid review across academic, government, and sports-related platforms, identifying key reports, tools, guidelines, and reviews from the last four years. These resources indicate that while keeping active is an important part of maintaining mental wellbeing, there is a mixed picture on how active the population is, indicating there are still barriers that need to be addressed to support people to keep moving and exercise regularly. There is a continued need to encourage and support people to be active, and for sport to become more inclusive and accessible to a wider variety of people. This may be of particular interest to those designing mental wellbeing interventions which could incorporate movement and sport.

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