The project aimed at promoting sport as a mean of mental health rehabilitation, where EPSI is partner, launches the first intellectual outputs. [responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to the article (click again to stop)”]

The first intellectual output of EPSI Project SPHERE, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is now available online through the project website: the Best Practices Review.

During the first months of cooperative work, through a series of surveys and questionnaires prepared by the members of our partnership, we have collected information about current examples of sport and exercise in mental health, to gain insight into the range of practice that is taking place.

The survey prepared by the consortium was aimed at finding examples of best practices in Europe on the use of sports and physical activity in psychiatric rehabilitation programs, while learning about the practical implementation details from all surveyed institutions in their own contexts.

The results of this analysis are included in our SPHERE Best Practices Review, our first step to define and share comprehensive guidelines for the use of sport, exercise and physical activity as an aid in psychiatric rehabilitation. Best practices were considered as those which best match beneficial practices according to scientific literature.

The document is open source and available to everyone through the Project website. In addition to the .pdf version, the projects website includes a digital map, with specific pages dedicated to each one of the best practices included in the document.