Improving mental health and quality of life to prevent and alleviate mental illness through physical activity.

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our well-being. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing mental health problems and improving the quality of life of people experiencing these.

Research shows that exercise influences the release and uptake of chemicals in our brains that make us feel good. Staying active can lift our mood, reduce stress, help people to deal with negative emotions and even help with anxiety and reduce the risk of depression and dementia.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with mild to moderate depression take part in about three sessions of physical activity each week, lasting about 45 minutes to one hour, Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

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Active Minds Campaign

  • Advocating the benefits of physical activity as a simple, cost-effective solution to tackling mental health conditions

Mental Health Services

  • Building capability amongst carers, social care and mental health partners to promote MOVEment through training and materials

Active Advisory Service

  • Building understanding and capacity amongst physical activity providers to improve access and experience for those with poor mental health

Targeted Activity Programme

  • Introduction and promotion of a wide range of physical activity programmes to reduce the prevalence or impacts of poor mental health


Active Cheshire are changing lives in Cheshire and Warrington.  Your donation can help us to get more people active.

The result is a happier, healthier, more productive community that lives longer.  Help us to fund vital projects across the region, to tackle inactivity and embed physical activity into all aspects of everyday life.