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164279 - Exercise and Mental Health of University Students

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The aim of this activity is to: 1) present the patterns and prevalence of mental health problems in university students, 2) discuss the scientific evidence on the benefits of exercise in people with mental health problems, 3) provide case studies of how exercise can be used to treat anxiety and depression, 4) provide resources and advice to enable GPs to more easily refer patients to Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

Relevance to General Practice

A large proportion of university students experience mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, compulsive disorders and phobias. Untreated mental health issues contribute to low self-esteem, social withdrawal, poor physical health, academic performance, and in some cases, suicide. Current treatments for common mental health problems includes the use of pharmaceuticals, psychotherapies and exercise. The aim of this activity is to highlight the benefits of exercise for patients with mental health problems, and to provide General Practitioners with advice and resources to enable them to quickly, confidently and efficiently refer patients to Accredited Exercise Physiologists for treatment. Exercise Physiologists have an understanding of psychopathology, are trained to maximise participation, and can provide individualised lifestyle counseling, exercise programming and supervision that is informed by clinical outcomes.

Learning outcomes
  • Recall the patterns and prevalence of mental health problems in university students
  • Outline the benefits of exercise in people with mental health problems
  • Explain how exercise can be used to treat patients with anxiety and depression
  • Describe how an Accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist patients with mental health problems to improve their mental health outcomes
  • Utilise resources provided in the session to more effectively and efficiently refer patients with mental health problems to Accredited Exercise Physiologists
  • Delivery
    Title
    164279 - Exercise and Mental Health of University Students
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    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    07-Aug-2019
    CPD
    1 hour
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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