Taking part in sports and physical activity has a positive impact for our mental and physical health. During a placement, BSc Psychology student Leyla Owen saw for herself the wellbeing benefits that being active can have. This inspired her to try and make a difference for her fellow students.
Like all undergraduate psychology students, Leyla was given the chance to undertake a short-term placement during the second year of her degree.
With placement opportunities in a variety of clinical, professional and voluntary organisations, Leyla chose to work with Sport in Mind. They are a local charity that supports people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity.
Over several weeks, Leyla worked closely with people with a wide range of mental health issues and delivered a variety of physical activity projects.
Following her placement, Leyla looked at ways she could apply what she had learned to help boost wellbeing on campus. She teamed up with MSc Psychology Conversion student Mark Jeavons and other passionate students from the School to launch the Sport in Mind Student Society.