Mind Body Boost

Are you looking to improve your mental wellbeing, meet like-minded students and improve your physical activity levels to promote good health? 

We’re offering a number of our students the opportunity to take part in the third edition of the Mind Body Boost (MBB) programme which starts on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

The University of Stirling Sport and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Service are running a 6-week Mind Body Boost pilot programme that involves 45 minutes of mental health and wellbeing followed by 45 minutes of light exercise.

The sessions will take place on campus in the Sports Centre at 13:00 to 14:30 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 February 
  • Wednesday 8 February
  • Wednesday 15 February
  • Wednesday 22 February
  • Wednesday 1 March
  • Wednesday 8 March

Please make sure that you're available to attend the Mind Body Boost sessions at the University of Stirling Sports Centre on the aforementioned dates.

  • 6 x 45 minutes of mental health training utilising mindfulness, relaxation and CBT techniques delivered by a member of the wellbeing team
  • 6 x 45 minutes of physical training including functional movement, stretching and outdoor activity delivered by our Fitness Officer
  • Access to the Mind Body Boost app with dedicated resources to improve your learning from the weekly sessions, mental and physical wellbeing top tips, videos and further support
  • Free access to the gym, swimming pool, fitness classes and Just Play Sport during the 6-week length of the programme
  • Weekly support from our wellbeing team
  • Follow-up check-in 6 weeks after the Mind Body Boost programme

Although initial applications are now closed, if you feel you would benefit from participating in the programme, please complete the application form and email mindbodyboost@stir.ac.uk to inform us as we may still be able to accommodate you (subject to capacity).

All applications will be considered but places will be dependent on programme capacity.

In order for University of Stirling Sport to provide the services and support included within the MBB project, your data will be processed in line with our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about MBB, please get in touch at mindbodyboost@stir.ac.uk

About Mind Body Boost

Mind Body Boost (MBB) is an evidence-based intervention, devised to support young people in managing their mental and physical health. The objectives of MBB include: 

  • To establish a European collaboration with the aim of improving the mental and physical wellbeing of young people in a university setting 
  • To promote and foster social inclusion and equal access to sport for all 
  • To reach traditionally marginalised groups, reduce social exclusion, isolation for disadvantaged students and/or those with low levels of physical activity and mild mental health issues. 
  • Increase participation levels of young people, particularly those that are inactive, ensuring they achieve the WHO physical activity recommendations 
  • Enable young people to build social connections through the medium of physical activity 

The MBB project has already been piloted successfully in Trinity College Dublin and National University of Galway (NUIG) and the results have shown the following benefits: 

  • Surveys and testimonials from students showed that the project positively impacted their lives, with some students who had reported beforehand that they particularly suffered from social isolation had now made friends and really enjoyed learning together in a group. 
  • Almost all the students said the project improved their motivation and confidence to engage in regular physical activity.
  • Students noted they found the psychoeducation and mindfulness aspects beneficial for stress management and their mental health.
  • Large change of attitude with the participants who were disinclined/ambivalent to sport before the project (60%) saying they would be more or very likely to use the university sports facilities and programmes in the future.  

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