Stoke-on-Trent is one of many areas of the country where young people are struggling with their mental health. 12.8% of 5-19 year olds have a mental health disorder.
In Spring 2022, Together Active piloted a physical activity programme, specifically targeting young people at risk of developing or worsening mental illness, with the aim of proving the impact of activity as a prevention tool.
The programme was co-designed with two schools which met our selection criteria:
And with young people who met our targeting criteria:
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The results were clear. Wellbeing was improved following delivery of the sessions, with the greatest impact being on confidence, feeling useful, self-esteem and feeling relaxed. Many young people also developed their social networks and felt more supported with their mental health.
We are now looking to deliver a wider pilot at county level across Staffordshire to gain further insights and strengthen the proof of concept of this form of intervention.
We are committed to creating opportunities for more people to access the support they need in the way which works best for them.
To find out more about our work, or join us on our mission, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org