Healthy Body Healthy Mind Programme

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Physical activity can boost your mental health and wellbeing. We can help you give it a try!

Healthy Mind Healthy Body Programme

Healthy Body Healthy Mind is a programme delivered in partnership between Open Door & Disability and York Sport.

The programme allows a limited number of students the opportunity of supported access to the York Sport facilities (Sports Centre and Village). The aim is to give students (with an identified need) a platform to use physical exercise and activity, as a way to promote positive physical and psychological wellbeing. This in turn is likely to support academic engagement, participation and success.

How does referral to the programme happen?

Referral can only take place via contact with an Open Door & Disabilty Practitioner and with consent of the student to make the referral. This will be discussed in more detail when the student attends an Open Door & Disability appointment.

The student must have attended at least one appointment in order to be considered for referral to the programme. Once a referral has been made, the York Sport lead person will make email contact with the student to set up induction onto the programme.

What is expected of the participating student?

It is important that you are keen to engage with the programme and are committed to trying to get what you wish to out of it.

You should be prepared to respond to emails from the Open Door & Disability practitioner.

In crisis now

Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.

Who to contact

For initial Open Door appointments please complete the online referral form which is on the Help and Support page.

Open Door 
Sally Baldwin Block B
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322140

Opening Times

Term Time: Monday - Friday 9am - 10.00pm
Vacation Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Please note we are closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

What will the participating student get?

You will get a 6 week access wristband for use of the York Sport facilities at a substantially reduced cost. The York Sport lead will make arrangements to get you set up and discuss what you want to get out of the programme.

You'll be issued with a membership wrist band and will have access to the facilities just as any York Sport member would do. York Sport will provide an induction to using the facilities which can be arranged as part of a group or can be done individually. There is also the opportunity to devise a personal exercise plan.

The Open Door Practitioner will contact you via email during the programme to discuss how you are using it and what benefits you are getting out of it. This contact is an essential part of the programme and the feedback is vital to ensure continued support for the programme.