Aclú: Empowering Recovery in Enduring Mental Illness (Onsite and Online)

Aclú: Empowering Recovery in Enduring Mental Illness (Onsite and Online)

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MTU (Kerry, North Campus)




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Aclú, an MTU and HSE initiative, addresses enduring mental illness recovery using physical activity nutrition and digital technology.

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This event will launch Aclú in MTU. All stakeholders interested in, working in or living with Enduring Mental Illness are welcome to attend. The event is hybrid - both on campus and online. A full schedule of speakers will be announced at a later date. The context for Aclú is set out below.

Sedentary behaviour and reduced physical activity in mental illness arise from many variables, including the nature of the illnesses, the medication associated with them, social isolation, poverty, stigma, and exclusion. Aclú seeks to improve health outcomes for those living with enduring mental illnesses (EMI) by increasing physical activity, reducing sedentariness, and improving nutrition with the support of digital technologies. A recent special issue of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (O'Donohue, 2021) provides an overview of the current state of the art, and its opening article offers an excellent summary of the current situation today and backdrop to this initiative:

'People affected by severe mental health disorders have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Cardiovascular disease is the main contributor to this early mortality, caused by higher rates of smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, sleep disturbance, excessive alcohol use or substance abuse and medication side effects. Therefore, we need to take a preventative approach and translate effective interventions for physical health into routine clinical practice.'

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