Moving On Up

There is a substantial body of evidence to show that physical exercise is an effective treatment for people with mild to moderate depression. In 2005 Mental Health Foundation published the report Up and Running? which highlighted the need to promote exercise therapy for mild to moderate
depression as a realistic and readily available tool for GPs and a genuine option that patients could both understand and choose for themselves.

In 2006, Mental Health Foundation received some funding from the Department of Health to support and evaluate a small number of exercise referral schemes across the country. This report investigates the successes and barriers in place in sites currently running exercise referral schemes and presents the key recommendations and lessons learned. The report also revisits what GPs currently think about exercise referral four years on from the original Up and Running? report.

This project is complete.