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To: Professor Sir Jim McDonald at the University of Strathclyde
Free gym classes for people with diagnosed mental health problems
Give those experiencing mental health difficulties access to free exercise classes in the new Sports and Recreation Centre.
Why is this important?
Students experiencing mental health difficulties need to be supported by their University as fully as possible. Being given access to the university mental health services is not always substantial. Students should be empowered to help themselves.
Moderate exercise has been proven to help improve mood and general well being. Therefore, there should be no barrier preventing individuals from being able to attend regular gym classes. Classes can be expensive, and for those who find it difficult to motivate themselves in the first place, the cost of the class can be a further disincentive.
Furthermore, financial hardship at university can be inflated by the experience of a mental health problem.
Giving those with a diagnosed condition free access to the exercise program encourages them to take positive action to help themself. Better mental health can result in improved academic performance, and being part of an exercise class can improve someones mood and self esteem by enhancing their feelings of belonging within a community.
Please sign this petition to encourage the University of Strathclyde to create a system which gives those with a diagnosed mental health problem free exercise class access/ passes.