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University of Bristol

#TeamUoB London Marathon 2022

Nine University of Bristol alumni, staff and students are running the 2022 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.

Physical activity can also bring psycho-social benefits such as a sense of community and a structured routine, helping to improve confidence and create a feeling of accomplishment.

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 over 400 students.

Nine 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.

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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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