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Report supports physical activity to supplement talking therapies

After nearly 400 interviews, the report illustrates the appetite for physical activity to be used within NHS Talking Therapy.

A report exploring how physical activity could be better used within NHS Talking Therapies to help improve the mental health outcomes of service users has been published today.

Led by Transformation Partners in Health and Care, alongside us and the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, the new report is the result of interviews with nearly 400 people – including NHS Talking Therapies staff, community physical activity providers, commissioners and service users. 

We know there is overwhelming evidence that physical activity can reduce the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as helping to manage the symptoms. 

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And the report found there was a widespread appetite to do more to increase physical activity levels through Talking Therapies services, but the majority of those interviewed said they didn’t think enough was being done currently – due to barriers like a lack of knowledge or time. 

Our national partnerships lead for health and inactivity, Suzie Gittus, has welcomed the report and hopes it will improve services in the future.

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