Active Devon is working with local GP and medical educationalist Dr Lucy Loveday to host Movement & the Mind, a one-day international, interactive event. It will recognise, explore and celebrate the connections between mind, body and planet.
The virtual conference is taking place on Friday 18th June. Delegates will hear from a global community of experts, adventurers and advocates. There will also be leaders from across many disciplines. These include medicine, psychiatry, psychology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, neuroscience, mindfulness and movement.
The founder of Movement & The Mind, Dr Lucy Loveday, will lead this one-day journey of discovery. It is inspired by the story of her father’s journey through severe depression to recovery and now the unfortunate reality of relapse, exacerbated by lockdown and the challenges it has presented.
Dr Lucy Loveday said:”When I was 11 years old, my dad was hospitalised by a severe mental health crisis. He was rendered almost unresponsive by depression, but over the years I observed him transform his health through running. It offered him solace and a sense of freedom, and he’s since run several marathons.
“Driven by a curiosity to understand how movement benefits the mind, as well as the science behind positive psychology and mindfulness for human performance, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Through countless inspiring conversations along the way, I’ve learned that dad isn’t alone.
“Movement & the Mind is the culmination of this dynamic and evolving journey. It means so much to help bring people together for this critically important conversation, and, in a small way, to help put movement at the centre of the mainstream healthcare agenda.”
Hosting this pioneering day, Matt Evans, Active Devon Chief Executive, said: “Active Devon is a community-focused, non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and supporting Devon to be active. We believe movement is central to living healthier, happier, and more connected lives, regardless of age, ability, or background.
“Having previously collaborated with Dr Lucy Loveday to support the social prescribing agenda in Devon, we are delighted to be partnering again, this time to host the 2021 Movement & the Mind virtual conference.”
Resources generated by this event will support local initiatives using physical activity, sport, and movement to positively impact the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Devon.
For further information visit movementandthemind.co.uk and follow Dr Lucy Loveday on social media using @drlucyloveday #MovementAndTheMind
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