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University of Bristol

#TeamUoB London Marathon 2023

A team of University of Bristol alumni and staff are running the 2023 London Marathon in support of Healthy Minds; a student mental health support programme that harnesses the power of exercise.
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The mental health and wellbeing of students at the University of Bristol is a key priority. Suffering with mental ill health disrupts students academic studies and personal lives, often causing them to miss out on the transformative and enriching experiences offered by higher education.

The NHS recognises that physical activity is linked to positive mental wellbeing and can help people combat mental health issues. Exercise releases chemicals that boost mood and reduce feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. Engaging in it regularly can help develop strength, co-ordination and body composition.

UoBs Division of Sport, Exercise and Health (SEH) launched Healthy Minds in 2016 with this knowledge at the heart of it. The programme helps students affected by mental ill-health to get more active through user-led, personalised support. It includes sessions with an activity mentor, a tailored activity plan and support for future health maintenance, as well as access to a range of classes, clubs and sporting opportunities. Since 2016, the programme has helped nearly 500 students.

Students gain a healthy routine, improved confidence, a sense of community and a supportive network. Upon completion of the programme, 90% of participants score within or higher than the national average mental health score.

Six inspiring individuals are running the London Marathon in support of the programme. Fundraising donations help to fund what core funding cannot. Every pound they raise will help to improve the quality and quantity of support offered, helping even more students to overcome mental health challenges.

Hear about Isaac's story and the impact Healthy Minds has in this short video.

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Your support gives students facing financial barriers the chance to make the most their time at Bristol, equipping them to push boundaries and create a better world for us all. It also enables research into urgent issues like: the climate crisis, deadly pathogens and living with AI technologies.

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