Mood Active is a group exercise program and also an exercise education program.
So we’re looking to engage people who are in what we’d call the low intensity needs into the mental health spectrum. People dealing with mood disorders, things like depression anxiety bipolar disorder.
The four-week program is a combination of education and exercise. So people turn up once a week over four weeks for two and a half hour sessions. The first half is about motivational techniques to help them get started and to sustain exercise.
We know that exercise isn’t being used with the potential to help people boost their mental health. It’s under-utilised we know it’s under prescribed and it’s also underfunded.
Within the health care network within that model, there’s not all that much understood about exercise and the impact that it can have on improving people’s mental health and as a result of course it’s being under prescribed by GPS, psychologists are not looking into it enough and there isn’t enough money, there’s not enough funding for it.
So the biggest changes that I see in participants when they complete Mood Active programs is a real shift in attitude so people know that exercise is good for them but they don’t believe that it’s that powerful in getting them the mood lift.
The second thing is they’re so appreciative of the extra support that they get, and the non judging
nature of the program often helps normalise it that other people are going through the same things of them.
Mood Active was ideal for me and the encouragement from the trainer’s has really helped me get active again which is something that doctors wanted to see me do.
Ongoing support from the community and from sponsors is really important to continue to allow our programs to be low cost because they are low cost we enable a proportion of people who can’t access these services on going, to be able to come to classes consistently and to experience the benefits of exercise long-term.
As a result of the program I see that distance overall feel like they’re taking more ownership of their mental health and are more active members in their own recovery and it’s a really powerful thing for them to know that they’re able to make that progress towards improving their mental health.