How can we fight the stigma against mental illness?

We all have mental health - and yet stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health are widespread and damaging.

60% of people with a mental health disorder do not seek help from a health professional.
"World Health Organisation 2019"

9 out of 10 people with a mental health problem have experienced stigma and discrimination.
"Time to Change"

The majority of people with a mental health problem wait over a year to tell close friends and family.
"Time to Change"

What are our misconceptions and assumptions and do we recognise them as such? What can we do to better understand mental health for ourselves and others and reduce the stigma against mental illness? And why should we try?

Lots of questions. Let's explore some possible answers...

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Background and Peak Activity – what are they and how are they different?

Background and peak activity chart

There's more than one way to be active for health and fitness. And there are multiple ways to classify them. Here are a couple we like to use - Peak Activity and Background Activity. Hopefully this will help you think about why they are both important and how you can improve your fitness in a different way...

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How Healthy Are You?

wellbeing spelled out

What do you understand about wellbeing?

We believe that when we consider wellbeing, we are considering our whole-self wellbeing; our physical and mental health. There is loads of research confirming there is a real connection between the two - our physical health can impact our mental health and vice versa.

This module will explore your understanding of physical and mental health and what this means for you so you can start deliberately looking at choices to improve your whole-self health and wellbeing.

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Beginner’s guide to the rowing machine

The rowing machine is a very common and popular piece of kit in most gyms. Here is a beginner's tutorial on how to use them.

Join my great friend, Mollie, as she shows you how to set up the machine, what to look out for in the display and how to row safely and effectively.

Just be aware, I forced her into making this video straight after she had completed an 18k training row!

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Exercise glossary and formats

Jargon

We use a fair amount of jargon in the exercise world. And we know this can be confusing.

There are also loads of ways you can put a workout together. There is no single "best" way. They all have pros and cons such as:

  • Simpler/more complex
  • Aimed at fitness/strength
  • More/less efficient
  • Better for beginners/advanced
  • Safer/more dodgy

To help you navigate the jargon and unpick some of the fitness idiosyncrasies, here are a few of the phrases and workouts we find ourselves using a lot and why you might use them as part of your workout regime:

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Your Mental Health First Aid Kit

Mental health first aid

You may be wondering what on earth we are talking about here, and answering this question is a good place to start!

What is it?

Most of us will be aware of a physical first aid kit and will use this when we need it, without really thinking. We might cut ourselves and reach for a plaster or if we have a headache we take some painkillers.

What do we do if we are feeling sad or our mood is lower than is usual?

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Be brave and do it anyway

Trail running - be brave

My experience of recovery from injury and training for something I never thought I would be physically or mentally capable of doing. Watch and listen to my story to see how I did!

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All about Mental Health

Mental health

Available now at Eat, Move, Be Happy, we have the start of our Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing section.

  • Our Eat Better solution helps you with your food choices and controlling your weight.
  • Our Move Better solution helps you with your exercise, fitness and strength.
  • And now we complete the triad by unveiling our Mental Health solution to help you understand and be more aware of looking after your mental wellbeing.

Find it by clicking here or via the Learning and Exploration menu.

Over the coming weeks, we will explore Mental Health, what it is and how your mental wellbeing effects you and your daily life. We will share some insight and tools to help you understand your mental wellbeing and how you can positively influence it when needed. We will walk you through these tools so you are confident using them and helping yourself.

We will also explore the stigma associated with mental illness and the responsibility we feel we all have to do more to reduce this stigma and the discrimination that can follow.

Start your journey with us by clicking the button below or finding the Mental Health link on the Learning and Exploration section here.

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“Prehab” for cancer patients

Exercise with cancer

Exercise is being prescribed for newly diagnosed cancer patients to help them get fit and strong enough for their treatment. Here is the report if you want to know more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50915913

I've been lucky enough to give some presentations to local cancer patients on the benefits of exercise. You can see the presentation on my article here. It explains the pros and cons, suggestions and things to be aware of.

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