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Mind Body Matters

If you are depressed or anxious, this programme offers an eight-week gym pass, with a personal trainer available, to boost your mood.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with mild to moderate depression take part in about three exercise sessions per week, lasting 45 minutes to one hour, over 10 to 14 weeks (NICE, 2009).

We know that exercise can be as effective as talking therapies or antidepressants in treating depressive symptoms (Cooney and others, 2013) and in improving the lives of those with anxiety (Anderson and others, 2013). Research also shows that exercise can reduce mood swings and depressive symptoms and raise your self-esteem and confidence.

The programme

Birkbeck's Counselling and Mental Health Services have teamed up with the nearby YMCA Club (central London's largest gym) to offer eight-week gym memberships to some students who suffer from depression and anxiety.

You will need to meet certain criteria and, as this will be part of a research project, we'd like to monitor your progress throughout, so a commitment to making full use of the offer is required.

To take part: .

Please note that conditions apply and spaces are limited.