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BACKSTORY

The TRiM project was founded by Mike Buckle in 2017 following his personal experience as a runner and latterly as a mentor supporting students at University with mental health difficulties.

I struggled with distress at University myself so personally know how difficult and detrimental that can be. Over the past ten years, I’ve built my own resilience to stress through the powerful combination of running and mindfulness.’

As a mental health practitioner, I was becoming increasingly interested in the efficacy of aerobic exercise and mindfulness interventions. However, I was acutely aware of the barriers that often prevented individuals from meeting exercise recommendations and realising the mental health benefits. 

‘The idea for TRiM came about whilst out running after a challenging day at work.’

With this in mind, the TRiM project successfully gained funding from The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund in October 2017, to develop and pilot its business idea.

Following successful completion of the West Midlands SSE Start-Up Programme, the TRiM project was incorporated as a Community Interest Company in October 2018, with the purpose of improving physical and mental health outcomes among young people.

THE ISSUE

Trim Project Stressed Uni Student, get outdoors! - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.
  • A recent rise in distressed students had led to 94% of universities reporting an increase in the number of students requesting counselling and mental health services. Universities are struggling to cope with this level of demand.
  • Where support and treatment is lacking, poor mental health can lead to increased health risks, and in the most severe and tragic cases, death by suicide. Between 2007 and 2015, the number of student suicides increased by 79%.

With increased stresses on students and increased demand on Universities to facilitate a treatment service, there is a need for alternative solutions for improving student mental health and wellbeing.

WHAT’S THE ISSUE

Stress can have significant long-term consequences for health. Too much of it can contribute to the development of many mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

A recent rise in distressed students had led to 94% of universities reporting an increase in the number of students requesting counseling and wellbeing services. Universities are struggling to cope with this level of demand.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the same is manifesting itself in the workplace and more companies are seeking to provide support for their employees to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing is being looked after.

Where support and effective intervention is lacking, individuals experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their work and are at increased risk of dropping out or leaving work.

With increased stresses on individuals and rising demand for wellbeing support, there is a need for innovative and preventative approaches that facilitate students and employees to maintain good mental wellbeing and improve mental health, alleviating pressures on support services.

Trim Project Stressed Uni Student, get outdoors! - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

WHAT’S THE ISSUE

Trim Project Stressed Uni Student, get outdoors! - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

Stress can have significant long-term consequences for health. Too much of it can contribute to the development of many mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

A recent rise in distressed students had led to 94% of universities reporting an increase in the number of students requesting counseling and wellbeing services. Universities are struggling to cope with this level of demand.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the same is manifesting itself in the workplace and more companies are seeking to provide support for their employees to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing is being looked after.

Where support and effective intervention is lacking, individuals experiencing stress and mental health difficulties are more likely to experience poor physical health, disruptions to their work and are at increased risk of dropping out or leaving work.

With increased stresses on individuals and rising demand for wellbeing support, there is a need for innovative and preventative approaches that facilitate students and employees to maintain good mental wellbeing and improve mental health, alleviating pressures on support services.

THE CHALLENGE

Aim Big, Challenge yourself at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

Despite the increasing efficacy of aerobic exercise and running for improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes, many people remain inactive and do not meet the Government’s weekly physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity per week.

Researchers in the UK who monitored adherence to exercise found that upward of 50 percent of people quit within six months of starting. Many people struggle to engage in physical exercise in the first place due to significant motivational and psychological barriers. Those who do start an exercise routine often struggle to establish or maintain it as a healthy lifestyle habit.

At present, conventional approaches to aerobic exercise and running tend to be results-orientated and focused on performance goals, rather than improving the body-mind connection. In reality, exercise can often be stressful, and endurance and fluidity of movement are built up over time. However, for new runners or those already feeling stressed, the discomfort and pain of exercise is usually more immediately felt than the benefits. Too much physiological stress can cause further discomfort and distress, a break down in mind-body coordination, injury or dis-engagement from exercise altogether – resulting in failure to develop the fitness necessary to realise the health benefits.

Aim Big, Challenge yourself at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

THE CHALLENGE

Despite the increasing efficacy of aerobic exercise and running for improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes, many people remain inactive and do not meet the Government’s weekly physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity per week.

Researchers in the UK who monitored adherence to exercise found that upward of 50 percent of people quit within six months of starting. Many people struggle to engage in physical exercise in the first place due to significant motivational and psychological barriers. Those who do start an exercise routine often struggle to establish or maintain it as a healthy lifestyle habit.

At present, conventional approaches to aerobic exercise and running tend to be results-orientated and focused on performance goals, rather than improving the body-mind connection. In reality, exercise can often be stressful, and endurance and fluidity of movement are built up over time. However, for new runners or those already feeling stressed, the discomfort and pain of exercise is usually more immediately felt than the benefits. Too much physiological stress can cause further discomfort and distress, a break down in mind-body coordination, injury or dis-engagement from exercise altogether – resulting in failure to develop the fitness necessary to realise the health benefits.

OUR APPROACH

Here at TRiM, we believe that structured wellbeing-exercise interventions can have a transformative impact on the academic lives of young people – improving both mental and cognitive health outcomes, and motivating students to take advantage of opportunities for being physically active.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of aerobic exercise, running and mindfulness programmes. We’re dedicated to setting up accessible and inclusive TRiM interventions that empower students with the skills, knowledge and confidence  to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours that:

  • Reduce symptoms of psychological distress
  • Build resilience to stress
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing

Our vision is to develop and integrate TRiM into students’ existing programmes of study as an early intervention and preventative wellbeing programme to increase resilience and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to establish TRiM programmes across UK universities and to build a TRiM movement dedicated to creating more resilient and healthier student communities.

Our Mission at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

OUR APPROACH

Our Mission at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

Here at TRiM, we believe that structured wellbeing-exercise interventions can have a transformative impact on the academic lives of young people – improving both mental and cognitive health outcomes, and motivating students to take advantage of opportunities for being physically active.

Our mission is to significantly increase the number of young people accessing the beneficial combination of aerobic exercise, running and mindfulness programmes. We’re dedicated to setting up accessible and inclusive TRiM interventions that empower students with the skills, knowledge and confidence  to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours that:

  • Reduce symptoms of psychological distress
  • Build resilience to stress
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing

Our vision is to develop and integrate TRiM into students’ existing programmes of study as an early intervention and preventative wellbeing programme to increase resilience and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to establish TRiM programmes across UK universities and to build a TRiM movement dedicated to creating more resilient and healthier student communities.

What we do at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

WHAT WE DO

TRiM will be launching pilot ‘fitness to study’ workshops on university campuses in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  These workshops aim to:

  • Raise students’ awareness of the mental and cognitive health benefits of a combined approach to running and mindfulness.
  • Promote a fun, supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Equip students with the practical skills, confidence and knowledge to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

We want to grow a community of runners dedicated to exercising healthier minds and attitudes towards mental health, while promoting physical exercise and healthier lifestyle for students in higher education.

In addition to workshops, TRiM plans to launch an online platform that will provide accessible support services including membership to online courses, practical resources, peer support groups and accredited wellbeing exercise modules.

TRiM’s long term aims are to:

  • Increase participation in aerobic exercise among students in higher education exercise through TRiM
  • Provide access to online TRiM resources and services to students.
  • Integrate TRiM mental health and wellbeing programmes into students’ existing programmes of study.

WHAT WE DO

What we do at Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

TRiM will be launching pilot ‘fitness to study’ workshops on university campuses in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  These workshops aim to:

  • Raise students’ awareness of the mental and cognitive health benefits of a combined approach to running and mindfulness.
  • Promote a fun, supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Equip students with the practical skills, confidence and knowledge to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

We want to grow a community of runners dedicated to exercising healthier minds and attitudes towards mental health, while promoting physical exercise and healthier lifestyle for students in higher education.

In addition to workshops, TRiM plans to launch an online platform that will provide accessible support services including membership to online courses, practical resources, peer support groups and accredited wellbeing exercise modules.

TRiM’s long term aims are to:

  • Increase participation in aerobic exercise among students in higher education exercise through TRiM
  • Provide access to online TRiM resources and services to students.
  • Integrate TRiM mental health and wellbeing programmes into students’ existing programmes of study.

WHO’S SUPPORTING US?

TRiM’s development and start-up has been supported by the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund.

Lloyd Bank Logo - supporters of Trim Projects, West Midlands
School for Social Entrepreneurs Logo - supporters of Trim Project, West Midlands
National Lottery Funded - supporting Trim Project

The project is also being supported by:

Run Together Trim Project Logo - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.
Working with Mind - for better mental health supported by Trim Project - Transforming running into mindfulness (TRiM). Based in Coventry, Birmingham & Warwick. West Midlands, UK.

TRiM is on the lookout for new partners and sponsors to get involved. If you feel you or your organisation could add value to TRiM’s mission or your University could benefit from our groups, get in touch.  Please contact enquiries@trim-project.org

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