Taking part in the groups may lead to an improvement in low mood or depression. It is hoped that the information from this phase of the study will help to determine if a larger trial is possible. In the long-term, this might show that the READY exercise groups are helpful for young people with depression. This may mean that young people can be offered an exercise group as an alternative to drug treatment or talk therapy for treating depression.
It’s difficult for some people to discuss personal things. If participants get upset whilst taking part, the researchers will stay with them until they feel better and make sure they know where to go for support if they need it. 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.