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  • READY is a programme for teenagers who have feelings of sadness that won’t go away, feel overwhelmed, have low mood or are living with depression in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Norfolk
  • The READY programme looks at physical activity and its effect on young people (aged 13-17)
  • Young people will take part in two 60-minutes sessions per week for 12 weeks in one of the following three groups:
    1. High intensity exercise, through vigorous activities (e.g. circuit training, boxercise, interval training)
    2. Low intensity exercise, through moderate activities (e.g. stretching, strengthening, Pilates exercises or chair-based exercises)
    3. Social non-exercise activities (e.g. quizzes, games, escape rooms)
  • Sessions will be delivered by Registered Exercise Professionals (REPs), supported by Mental Health Support Workers (MHSWs)
  • All groups will have behaviour change education and support
  • Information will be collected at the start, at 14 and 26 weeks of the programme. This will include questionnaires on depression, quality of life, self-esteem, service use, session attendance and physical activity
  • Some young people and parents/carers will be asked about their experience in the study
  • Young people, aged 13-17
  • Have feelings of sadness that won’t go away, feel overwhelmed, have low mood or are living with depression
  • Living in Norfolk, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire

+ May lead to an improvement in low mood or depression

+ Information from this study will hopefully help determine the possibility of a larger trial

+ READY exercise groups might be shown to be helpful for young people with depression and may mean young people can be offered an exercise group instead of drug treatment or talk therapy for treating depression

– It’s difficult for some people to discuss personal things – if participants get upset, someone will stay with them until they feel better and make sure they know where to go for support if needed

– The exercises are safe for most young people, but they should not take part if they have been told by a doctor not to exercise

– With any exercise programme there is a small risk of minor injuries e.g. pulled muscles or sprains. More serious injuries that can be associated with exercising e.g. fractures or ligament damage, are very rare

  • Depression is a mood disorder where you feel very down all the time
  • Depression can happen as a reaction to an event e.g. parents separating, a bereavement or problems with school or other children, often it is caused by a mixture of things but can also run in families
  • It is one of the most common types of mental illness
  • There is no one single factor that will lead to the onset of depression

If you would like to find out more about the research study please contact us using the form below or via email: readytrial@herts.ac.uk

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