Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Movement

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Movement

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is ‘movement’. Being physically active has been shown to be beneficial for our wellbeing in many ways so we’re encouraging everyone to get moving for mental health. 36% of UK adults find it challenging to find the time for physical activity. The good news is that getting even a little bit active has big potential benefits: it can lift our mood, calm our minds, distract us from worries, help our sleep and give us opportunities to connect with others. That’s quite a package!



Parent / Carer Pack: Get your family moving

Being physically active has been shown to be beneficial to our wellbeing in many ways. That includes everyone - you, your children, friends and family. Take a look at our Get Moving pack, full of inspiration and ideas to get everyone moving and have some fun.

Download the families pack



Schools Pack: Get your school moving

Having the confidence to stay active at all stages of our lives is crucial, not only for our physical health – it can also be massively beneficial to our mental wellbeing. Our pack is designed to help children get moving in ways that are creative and fun. 


Download the schools pack

Employer Pack: Get your workplace moving

The workplace can offer great opportunities for helping people to get moving. Take a look at our Get Moving pack for inspiration.

Download the workplace pack



Fitness and Mental Health

We’ve known for a long time that being active is crucial for our physical health. There is growing evidence that it’s very good for our mental health and wellbeing too.

The NHS says it’s a scientific fact that regular physical activity and exercise can make us healthier and happier. When we’re active, the body releases feel-good hormones that can improve our mood and increase our energy.

It can also:

  • Help calm our mind, especially if we’re feeling sad, angry or frustrated or dealing with other difficult emotions.
  • Increase our confidence and self-esteem.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Boost our motivation and focus.
  • Help us connect with others by providing new ways to meet people, such as team sports or walking groups.

Learn more about fitness and mental health




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