Third year student Megan, Vice-President of the Sport in Mind society, explains why sport is beneficial for positive mental wellbeing.

For some people university is the best days of their lives, but for others it can be a very stressful time. A recent report by the NUS showed that 78% of students worry about their mental health, but over half of them said that they did not seek help.

Sport is an excellent way to take your mind off of the stress of uni life, make new friends and release endorphins. As well as being great for your physical health too!

A study conducted by Yaffe (1981) investigated the benefits of sport on mental health on male and female participants suffering from depression.  Participants were split into 3 groups: a running group, a group given 10 sessions of psychotherapy, and a group that was offered unlimited psychotherapy. The study concluded that the running group was just as effective in alleviating depressive symptoms as the psychotherapy groups.

From studies like these, we know that sport can improve you mood, reduce stress, improve your self-esteem and prevent the onset of depression. This is at the very heart of what Sport in Mind stands for, what makes them stand out from other mental health charities, and why I’m working with Sport in Mind to raise awareness and help benefit students at Reading.

We’re a friendly group that runs free sport sessions every week on campus, and we’d love you to join in with our sessions. Find out more about the society and the sports sessions we run here.

I look forward to seeing you!

Megan