Exercise is medicine
Craig Philips and Abi Watson from the Adult Education team recently presented at the Rethink Mental Health Members Day conference in London.
The duo shared information about the impact education and physical activity can have on patients who are being cared for within a secure setting. Their presentation – delivered to a packed audience of over 200 individuals with experience of either living with or caring for people with mental ill health - detailed how at St Andrew’s we engage individuals in physical activity. This is despite the barriers that we have here, from leave restrictions to individual risks and patient’s motivation.
Craig explained: “We know that physical education can help patients in many ways; it can help them feel more socially included, boost their motivation and employability skills, and give them a great sense of achievement. I feel exercise can make a direct contribution to their future by supporting their progression within society and the community.
Craig and Abi both enjoyed the conference and received some really positive feedback. One attendee said: “the therapy you give is inspiring for fellow teachers”, and another said “how great it is to see this type of setting supporting patients in their recovery”.