What is it about?

The aim of the study was to elicit the views and opinions of people diagnosed with serious mental illness in relation to physical activity.

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Why is it important?

The main results showed that participants found physical activity beneficial in terms of psychological and social well-being and perceived clear gains in relation to recovery and quality of life.


Physical activity should be routinely included in plans of care. Mental health policy guidelines globally should contain physical activity as a key component.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Exploring the role of physical activity for people diagnosed with serious mental illness in Ireland, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, December 2014, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12179.
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