A personal trainer from Pinner who has set up a non-profit using exercise to combat mental health problems wants to raise money to continue his work and reach more members of the community.
Matthew Wolstenholme, 39, founded the non-profit organisation FitMind (formerly known as The Fitness Community) one year ago, and the innovative scheme has already produced incredible results.
Matt, who has previously suffered from depression, says FitMind uses the power of exercise to help combat depression and anxiety, providing specialist personal training for free to people referred by their GP.
Matt explained: “We all know exercise is good for our physical health, but it can give our mental health a huge boost as well.
“We provide personalised, one-to-one exercise programmes to help people feel better. In the same way that counselling allows people to talk to an expert, we help people who are struggling exercise with an expert, getting them moving with empathy and enthusiasm.”
A FitMind user said: “Suffering from depression most of my life, and badly the last six months.
“I started training FitMind, which has totally transformed my mind, to the point I’m liking myself again. It has 100 per cent made my mental health so much better.”
Matt added: “The results and feedback we have had so far have been amazing. Our personal training helps boost confidence and energise people to an incredible extent.”