Sport and Mental Health - Get Set to Go

People with mental health problems put off sport because they are not gymbody ready

Get Set to Go

People with mental health problems put off of sport because they are not ‘gym body ready’ New research, released today by Mind , shows that four fifths (80 per cent) of people with mental health problems who do not take part in sport, are put off because they feel self-conscious about their bodies. Nearly 70 per cent of people told Mind that they feel their mental health makes taking part too difficult. The findings come as Mind launches Get Set to Go, a new programme to support 75,000 people with mental health problems to take up sport.

Mind’s poll, of 660 people, found that four fifths of people don’t feel confident in their sporting ability. Get Set to Go, supported by Sport England and the National Lottery, will help people with mental health problems become more active through sports projects at eight local Minds. People taking part will receive one-to-one support from others with shared experiences, who understand the additional challenges a mental health problem presents to those who want to get active.

Of those who do take part in sport, more than one in five say it is because their GP or another health professional had recommended it, while more than ninety per cent participate because it is good for their mental wellbeing. Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of people with mental health problems say they enjoy taking part in sport, or exercising, however around nearly two thirds (64 per cent) are worried about taking part in sport by themselves....................................

Mind’s research also revealed a perception amongst respondents that you need to look a certain way to participate. Over half (55 per cent) of people told the charity they are not ‘gym body ready’, saying they are not members of sports clubs, gyms or leisure centres, because they are embarrassed about their body shape or size. Statistics also showed that:

 ·         Sixty two per cent wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about their mental health with other members.

·         Fifty seven per cent of those who are not members say it’s because they would feel uncomfortable talking about their mental health with a coach or instructor

·         A third of respondents with memberships to sports clubs, gyms and leisure centres concede they would not want anybody to know about their mental health problem. ..........................................

 

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