mental health

Physical activity can significantly improve mental wellbeing. We look at some of the ways the sector is helping people suffering mental health issues.

Mind games

operator intelligence taken from more than 550 million visits to 2,000 leisure facilities to accurately measure the social value generated from investment in sport and physical activity. The SVC calculates the social cost savings delivered by an individual provider across five categories – improved health, reduced crime, increased educational attainment, improved life satisfaction and, new for this year, a measure centered around depression has been added within the health outcome. “Operators are increasingly more conscious

MENTAL health is highly topical, and rightly so – by 2030, it’s estimated two million adults in the UK will have mental health problems . The leisure industry is perfectly placed to help people with mental health issues in the community; one study found 12 per cent of depression cases could be prevented if everyone got just one hour of exercise a week. Aside from the clear benefits of engaging

and impacting those with mental health issues as well as high-risk populations, understanding the value centre operators are delivering back to their communities is essential to achieving and retaining contracts and accessing funding streams. “Social value now sits at the heart of strategic

investment into sport and physical activity,” says Alice John, business development manager at 4global. “Delivery and commissioning organisations need a credible, accurate and up to date understanding of what good looks like and what community savings are being generated by their work in areas like improving health and tackling mental health issues.” Developed in partnership with Experian,

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and 4global, DataHub’s Social Value Calculator (SVC) uses evidence-based, academic research linked to

of mental health, partly because the number affected is rising but also because there’s increasing evidence of the positive role physical activity can play,” says John. “The depression measure has been created by SHU using research supported by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Sport England. It allows operators to refine their offer in a targeted way and create programming to successfully address the mental health agenda.”

Time Period

Apr- Mar 17/18

Apr- Mar 18/19


Total social value

£14,772,556 £14,844,037 Need to know...

Since 2016, the estimated social value generated by leisure centre operators has increased by 0.5 per cent.

• Depression accounts for 0.40 per cent of the overall social value generated • Improved health accounts for 13.3 per cent of the overall social value generated • Improved subjective wellbeing accounts for 84.1 per cent of the overall social value generated • Increased educational attainment accounts for 2.5 per cent of the overall social value generated • Reduced crime accounts for 0.05 per cent of the overall social value generated factsheet_Fs1356_3_WEB.pdf 29 £3,666,554,221 £3,684,295,948

Improved health

£478,287,193 £490,681,444 Fundamentally, the module enables users to

get a true reflection of the value they are generating by getting and keeping residents with anxiety and depression active. Using indicies of multiple deprivation data and lifestyle data to profile participants, the model is appreciative of local contexts like areas of high deprivation, and also helps operators to understand likely outcomes and impacts.

Improved subjective wellbeing

£3,081,892,471 £3,098,720,916

Increased educational attainment

£104,031,931 £92,718,023

Reduced crime

£2,342,626 £2,175,565

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