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Sports Mental Health and Wellbeing Intervention Programme

Stand Tall: A programme that has improved the mental wellbeing of 90% of completing participants

“Succeeding at Stand Tall gave me confidence, gave me the confidence to get a job, I found I enjoy meeting and talking to people, I’m not sat at home any more, I have a social life!” Rebbeca, 20 year old female Stand Tall participant – Suffered from severe anxiety

Stand Tall is a 12 week physical activity and wellbeing programme that is able support individuals and/or groups who suffer with or at risk of suffering with a mental health condition. The programme uses a tailored boxing based fitness sessions and a wellbeing programme; the aim of Stand Tall is to teach the young people about how the food, drink, and what we do effects the body and the individual’s mental wellbeing. The exercise programme provides the participants with a staged programme of exercise that builds up week on week with the aim of making the participants ready to use the facilities available within the gym or fitness class environment.


“Participation in regular physical activity can increase self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. Physical activity can help play a role in preventing mental health problems and improve the quality of life of those experiencing it. For example, there is an approximately 20–30% lower risk for depression and dementia, for adults participating in daily physical activity.”


Department of Health PA, Health Improvement and Protection, (2011). Start Active, Stay Active: A report on physical activity from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers. London: Department of Health.


Stand Tall can be run in most community locations, or leisure facilities. Abbeycroft Leisure are able to run programmes or provided training to local organisations to deliver programmes. Stand Tall has extensive supporting documentation, measurement tools and health and safety requirements to make sure all programmes are delivered to the highest standard, delivery the maximum benefit to clients accessing programmes.



“The majority of published trials which have found a positive outcome for physical activity in treating depression have used aerobic physical activity and were supervised”


Perraton LG, Kumar S & Machotka Z (2010). Exercise parameters in the treatment of clinical depression: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16(3) p. 597-604.27


For more information about Stand Tall, its successes as a programme or running programme contact: Ian Evans, Stand Tall Coordinator –

Stand Tall Success Stories

Suffolk Family Carers Case Study

Case Study Suffolk Family Carers Stand Tall Group Bury St Edmunds
Case Study Suffolk Family Carers Stand Tall Group Bury St Edmunds2  

Robin Case Study

Case Study Robin 1
Case Study Robin 2  

Jess Case Study

Case Study Jess

Rebecca Case Study

Case Study Rebbeca 1
Case Study Rebbeca 2