Note: We have adjusted the proposal title to avoid confusion with Step-by-Step, our previous pilot study of the same name.
Anxiety/mood disorders can have devastating effects. They contribute more to the global burden of disease than all cancers combined(i) and 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental or nervous disorders.(ii)
Members of the Jump Step collaboration have both experienced and witnessed the destructive nature of these conditions. As mental health clients or Wellness Partners as MDABC psychiatrists, as investigators, we recognize that current psychiatric treatments are often limited to psychological and/or pharmaceutical interventions. These approaches are useful but do not necessarily 1) address the person nor her/his mental health challenges within a holistic context; nor 2) focus on wellness as the primary outcome (as opposed to disease control).
Wellness Partners see a need to investigate the relationship between physical activity (PA) and mental illness (we prefer mental wellness). How can we support adults, suffering from anxiety/mood disorders to engage in PA as a mechanism for promoting and sustaining holistic wellness and healthy lifestyles? Collectively, as wellness partners and practitioners/psychiatrists, knowledge users, and key stakeholders, we will design, implement, and evaluate a PA promotion study based on a community-based needs assessment & identified barriers/facilitators to PA, and the success of our pilot.
Research Team: Karim Miran-Khan (UBC), David Adams (Mobility BC), Sarah Lusina-Furst (CIHR), Martin Addison (Mood Disorders Association of BC), Jennifer Davis (Post Doctorate Fellow), Christiane Hoppmann (UBC), Michael Delaney (Lawyer), Sara Vazirian (Mobility BC)