Brain Train

The IAPT Brain Train project forms part of NHS London’s Olympic health legacy. The legacy will be a recognition that physical health plays a key role in everybody’s wellbeing and an even more important role in helping people with the range of mental illness to start and continue on the path to recovery.

On 16 March 2012 a workshop held was one of a series of events in the build up to the Games with the aim of delivering sustainable health benefits for Londoners. The event was led and facilitated by Michael W. Otto, Boston University, Jasper A. J. Smits, Southern Methodist University with Whitney Post, Eating for Life Alliance.

The workshop sessions covered:

  • An Introduction to the Evidence regarding General Mood Effects
  • Treatment of Depression, Treatment of Anxiety
  • Mechanism of Action and Attention and Memory Effects
  • Motivational Issues and Exercise including The Meaning of Motivation, Context and Motivation, Reducing Self-Control Effort, Enjoying the Process, Rewarding Exercise and Maladaptive Motivations – Pathological Exercise
  • The Dose, Delivery, and Diversification of Exercise: Practical issues in the Exercise Prescription, Timing of Exercise and Finding Time to Exercise, Tracking and Maintenance, Seeking Joy in Action.

The final session, an integral part of the workshop, was a “Fitness into practice” which involved participation in a 5K run/ jog/ walk on a specially prepared course in Regent’s Park.  This was an essential component part of the learning experience and fun.

Download the run times by clicking the link below:


In the evening a reception was held at Regents College opened and chaired by Professor David M Clark,  the National Clinical Advisor for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). John Amaechi OBE(former NBA basketball player) gave the key note speech on mental illness and tackling stigma and discrimination in all aspects of society.

Professor Steve Pilling, Director, Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness launched a call to encourage exercise programmes to be linked or embedded as part of IAPT services across London.  Services had the opportunity to compile data and submit a short evidence report demonstrating their local good practice.  Small service development grants will be awarded to selected services. This period purposefully covered the build up and Games time to find out whether the Olympic and Paralympics had a positive effect – and increased participation in physical activity across the capital.    

For presentations and photographs of the event see the Facebook page

BT self help guide PRINT