How does a great exercise session make you feel?
We know exercising activates your endorphins and leaves you experiencing a happy ‘high’ or ‘buzz’ sensation. Some even call it euphoria.
And, what if you exercised with a group of like-minded people?
Shared experiences connect us and you can help someone with a mental health issue feel better.
Research suggests that exercise improves the health and wellbeing of people with mental health issues ¹ ². With one in five Australians experiencing a mental health issue related symptom in the last 12 months, it’s more important than ever ³.
YMCA Brightside is a free program that helps people with mental health issues enhance their physical health, wellbeing and social engagement.
This makes a positive impact on their recovery.
The program includes:
Last year, over 750 people in NSW took part in Brightside.
Please help YMCA NSW continue this important program.
Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.
 http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au//docs/ExerciseandDepression.pdf (accessed 1/10/2015)
 Staying Well, A Guide to Recovering from Anxiety and Depression [ebook] Beyondblue, pp.10-11. Available at: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/recovery-and-staying-well/staying-well (Accessed 1 Oct. 2015)