In the latest statistics as presented by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) on mental illness, 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness. This means that one in five people every year will experience some type of mental illness. Of this number, it is believed that 65% will not seek help or treatment, this could be due to the continued stigma surrounding mental health. However there has been an increase in awareness due to events such as R U OK day and mental health awareness week.
The most common mental health condition that is faced by Australians is anxiety followed by depression. The current statistical data says that one in seven will experience depression. However, the statistics for the genders differ with one in six for female’s and one in ten for men. There has been an increase in the research behind the positive outcomes for those who have depression participating in regular exercise as part of their management plans.
Exercise can play a large part in the management of depression. Those who participate in regular physical activity or exercise are less likely to experience symptoms or experience a reduction in depressive symptoms. The best type of exercise intervention is one that is catered to an individual’s needs. The current recommendations are to participate in regular exercise 3-4 times weekly for 30-40 minutes.
If you would like any further information to follow this link www.exerciseismedicine.org.au or http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/media-centre/events.aspx