Mental Health: Using exercise to treat depression

Thursday 10th May - 14:15-14:55

Many of us exercise not to get fit, or lose weight, but simply to feel better on a day-to-day basis. Indeed, in a study by mental health charity MIND, 83 per cent of respondents said they exercised to help lift their mood or reduce stress, while seven out of 10 gym users with no mental health issues thought their mental wellbeing would suffer if they didn’t exercise.

But as a growing body of research shows, the benefits of physical activity go far beyond this simple feelgood factor: it’s now known that exercise has a significant and measurable impact on preventing and treating depression, as well as other mental health issues.

This session will examine the benefits of physical activity for mental health and wellbeing. We will explore the latest evidence behind programmes that are actively improving people’s mental health by addressing issues such as depression and anxiety.

Dr John Morgan, NHS GP with a Special Interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Pennygate Medical Centre

Day 2: 14:15-14:55 Evidence

Dr John Morgan MBChB FFSEM, works as a full time NHS GP at Pennygate Medical Centre, a vibrant and enthusiastic 11-doctor training practice, committed to both undergraduate and postgraduate education in Wigan. John has a special interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine and he is the Clinical Director of Bucket and Sponge Medical Services, providing private, elite Sports Medicine services to individuals, teams and organisations at both amateur and professional levels.

The ethos underlying all of John’s clinical practice is that he works towards raising the profile of physical activity for the prevention, treatment and management of longterm conditions. The innovative model of ‘Exercise on Prescription’ held in-house at his Medical Centre has received national recognition. His medical centre incorporates a gym with cardiovascular equipment and an aerobics studio, available for use by his patients and John has been featured as the cover story in Health Club Management magazine.

His research interests include programme evaluations in order to inform policy and practice within primary care exercise referral schemes, sudden cardiac death and the management of concussion within rugby.

Experienced in the sporting environment, John has acted as Physician to Lancashire Rugby Union and to Warrington and Widnes Rugby League Clubs. He is the current doctor of Orrell Rugby Union Club, Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club and the Ireland National Rugby League team. His roles involve managing on field emergencies, treating injuries, as well as looking after the general health needs of the players including pre-participation screening.

John is an Executive Committee Member of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), who train graduates solely in Sport and Exercise medicine with an emphasis on the design and implementation of exercise and rehabilitation programmes in both health and disease.

Panellists include

Dr Amit D Mistry, Specialist psychiatry registrar (SpR)

Dr Florence Kinnafick, Lecturer in Psychology, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Principal Investigator at Loughborough University, Mind

Chevy Rough, Community Captain at ChasingLights Collective