What is it about?

It is well documented that mental health patients are a high-risk group for the development of obesity and other physical comorbidities due to their mental illnesses and lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, substance abuse and misuse, and social isolation.

Featured Image

Why is it important?

Improving the physical health of patients with mental health issues is important.


While the benefits of exercise on mental health outcomes for people with depression and anxiety are well established, this evaluation adds to the evidence that such programmes provide similar benefits to people who have a psychotic illness and are hospitalized in an acute secure setting.

Dr Lesley Barr
Curtin University

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Evaluation of service users' experiences of participating in an exercise programme at the Western Australian State Forensic Mental Health Services, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, April 2012, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00787.x.
You can read the full text:




The following have contributed to this page