MENS sana in corpore sano with sports
Have you ever thought about the benefits that sport can have to your mental health?
With this question last 23rd May the local event organized by CESIE started in the school Liceo Artistico Ragusa-Kiyohra in Palermo. Aim of the event was to promote the main idea of the European awareness campaign “Life is like a Bike”, so students had the chance to question the importance of physical activity on our daily mood and mental balance.
This awareness campaign was launched by the project MENS-Mental European Network of Sport in February 2018 with the aim of launching and spreading the message of Life is Like a Bike: an active life and physical exercise have benefits not only on our body but also on our psyche too.
MENS and the researches done during 18 months of project by its 17 partners from 12 different European countries, proved that the 70% of experts working in mental health sector consider sport as very important for the prevention and the treatment of mental disorders.
During the local event, students could see the results of the research and think carefully about the impact that physical activity can have in their daily lives and in the life of people who fight against mental health problems, endorsing the famous Latin phrase by Giovanale “mens sana in corpore sano”.
The MENS Project has laid the foundations for a European movement that promotes active living and introduces it as a means of preventing and dealing with mental disorders, delivering an already fertile ground to the ENALMH European Network and to a series of new initiatives, the implementation of which is foreseen in the near future.
About the project
MENS- Mental European Network of Sport Events is cofunded by DG EAC, Education and Training, Erasmus+ Sport: Support to Collaborative Partnerships aiming at developing a documented and evidence based approach of the use of sports in the treat of mental illness.
The partnership is composed of 17 organizations:
- Coordinator: EDRA – The “Social Cooperative Action for Vulnerable Groups” (Greece)
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – School of Physical Education and Sport Science (Greece)
- KENT University School of Physical Sciences (UK)
- COOSS Marche (Italy)
- Fundacion Intras (Spain)
- EUFAMI European Network (Belgium)
- Sporium Spor Kulübü – Golbasi Sporium Spor Kulübü ve Dernegi (Turkey)
- Asociacija Aukstelkes Specialiosios Olimpiados Klubas – ASOK Asociacija “aukstelkesok” (Lithuania)
- Ozara Zavod Maribor (Slovenia)
- Rijeka Disability Sports Association (Croatia)
- Villa Montesca (Italy)
- ANARP (Portugal)
- First Fortnight (Ireland)
- MEH Merseyside Expanding Horizons LTD (UK)
- Municipality of Galatsi (Greece)
- FOKUS Sdružení pro péči o duš.nemocné (Czech Republic)
- CESIE (Italy)