The camaraderie and support that I received was a huge part of my recovery. I was dealing with a period of depression that was affecting every part of my life. While attending Mood Active classes, I began feeling stronger physically but also, emotionally. I was better able to make decisions and feel more confident. Cam and the Mood Active team are highly knowledgeable about depression and mood disorders – I could not have gotten through that extremely difficult time of my life without them
I was diagnosed with post-natal depression after my second child was born and I was looking for a program that would target depression through exercise. Initially I felt nervous and “exposed”, but soon I felt comfortable thanks to the inclusive and supportive attitude of the trainers and other participants. Regular exercise sessions made a big impact on my mood and helped build my self-esteem as well. Joining Mood Active was the best decision I made for my mental health wellbeing.
My name is Jon and I'm living with depression – sounds like a 12-step meeting or group therapy doesn't it? I was diagnosed last year with clinical depression. I wouldn't get out of bed, had insomnia, racing thoughts, lost my appetite (and 15kg). I couldn't face work, I couldn't go to a shopping centre, and a gym was just too busy & noisy. My self-esteem & sense of worth were at an all-time low. I started on medications that were giving me fuzziness in the head, lethargy & shakiness. I was seeing my GP, psychologist and psychiatrist weekly but not feeling better. So I started to trawl the internet for help. There were websites offering advice about diet, sleep and exercise, but I couldn't absorb information that I didn't have the motivation to act on by myself anyway. At one stage I was referred for admission to a mental health clinic (which completely freaked me out), but I decided to join one of their day groups, and that's where I picked up a Mood Active flyer.
I started with cardio tennis, and once I found that exercise was a key to my recovery, I started attending circuit fitness and yoga classes as well. The main motivators for attending Mood Active sessions for me have been:
- knowing there are others there with problems similar to mine
- having a reason to get out of bed
- it’s cathartic being able to discuss symptoms & treatments with others
- the tennis drills & games keep my mind from ruminating
- during a class I notice my mood lifting
- afterwards I feel good that I have made the effort & accomplished something for myself
I believe there should be more funding for physical therapies like cardio exercise and yoga, and these should be linked to mental health websites so those in need can access them more readily. I hope this is something that will happen in the near future.