University of Newcastle researchers are investigating whether exercise is an effective treatment option for young people with depression.

Currently there is limited evidence that explores exercise as a treatment for youth depression; despite exercise being recommended for adults.

“We want to investigate this gap in knowledge in order to improve the mental health service provision for young people,” Professor Robin Callister, of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition said.

The research project, titled Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, is inviting young people aged between 15 and 25, who are clinically diagnosed with depression, to participate in a 12 week supervised exercise program.

Participants will be allocated to one of two groups. One group will start the exercise program in the next few weeks, while the other group will begin the program in about three months’ time.

All aspects of the study are provided free of charge, including access to the Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre. Participants will be provided with a 12-week membership, which can be used at any time throughout the 12 weeks of the program in addition to the scheduled and supervised group sessions.

For more information about the program contact project manager Adriana Giles on 49216311 or Adriana.Giles@newcastle.edu.au.