Today, as part of our continuing series of stories illustrating the changing face of social enterprise we look at something very different — a new health and wellbeing enterprise that aims to use running as a means of improving students’ mental health.
The TRiM approach, Mike felt, would help give students greater control over their own mental wellbeing and health. ‘Structured running and mindfulness interventions can have a transformative impact on the academic lives of young people,’ he says. ‘It’s a way of improving both mental health and cognitive outcomes — as well as motivating students to become more physically active.’
I struggled with stress at university myself and I began to see that running and mindfulness could be developed into a low-cost preventative programme that could be used on any campus, anywhere — Mike Buckle
Planning for the future
‘There’s still a lot of market research we need to do,’ Mike admits, ‘but the aim is to deliver our programmes to the HE sector — possibly under license as a kind of franchise, or by direct contract. We’re also investigating the position with clinical commissioning groups, hospital trusts and other health bodies.’
During 2018 TRiM will be launching pilot taster sessions and workshops on university campuses in Birmingham and the West Midlands, aimed at raising students’ awareness of the mind and body benefits of a combined approach to running and mindfulness. ‘But if that sounds dry,’ says Mike, ‘then let me assure people that it won’t be. Our aim is also to promote fun, an inclusive approach and social opportunities — physical exercise has great social relationship benefits too.’
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