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Inter-Active Living for Mental Health - “InALMH” Project


The Inter-Active Living for Mental Health (InALMH) project aims

to contribute towards the development of an upgrated Policy Framework in the form of Recommendations for EU Guidelines for the use of Sport/PE on Mental Health and

to create an Interactive Platform (IP) for the collection, the organisation and the dissemination of information concerning the PE Practices providing free access to all interested parties and individuals together with the enhancement for the development of new practices. The IP is a structured WEB space that includes - a Digital Library where the evolutions and updates related to the wider area of Active Living for Mental Health would be hosted and communicated - an innovative Practices' Generator Tool (IT application) in order to enhance and promote the actual use of Sport and Physical Exercise for the benefit of the Mental Health by generating new customised practices. - a User’s Online Forum for the mobilization and participatory involvement of professionals and stakeholders of the two fields.


1. Data collection on the existing policy background – List of policies

2. Drafting Recommendations on EU Guidelines

3. Data collection of ALMH practices – List of practices

4. Interactive Platform in 5 Linguistic Versions


The target groups of InALMH are - Sport/PE and Mental Health professionals - Sport/PE entities of all sectors - Mental Health organisations and services providers - EU institutions and networks - State and Local authorities / services - Educational Institutions - General public



ENALMH - Coordinator

University of Thessaly – Trikala,

Greece National & Kapodistrian University of Athens– Athens Greece

Associazione per la Ricerca sulla Salute Mentale e Fisica dell'Anziano (ARISMA) - Bologna, Italy

FOKUS CR- Prague,

Czech Republic Instituto Politécnico do Porto,Health School - Porto, Portugal

Merseyside Expanded Horizons - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Greek Association of Alzheimer - Thessaloniki,

Greece Mental Health Europe, EU Network – Brussels, Belgium

Sport & Citizenship, EU Think Tank - Paris, France

GAMIAN Europe, Global Alliance - Brussels, Belgium.

EVERTON in the community - Liverpool, United Kingdom

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ASAL - “Advanced Skills for Active Living” is a project funded by the ERASMUS+ Sport Programme, which is implemented in Greece, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Belgium. The project is part of an overall strategy which utilizes physical exercise and sport activities in the field of Mental Health. Based on the results of two very relevant initiatives, i.e. “MENS” (Mental European Network of Sport Events) and “EVENTS” (European Voluntary Events for Therapy through Sports), ASAL adds the training/ educational component to this strategy.
Its basic aim is to train professionals from the field of Sports Science and Physical Activity to develop skills needed in order to be able to engage and work in structures that target population with mental health illnesses, by providing high quality services and assisting the therapeutic process. The project has the following objectives:

  • Identify good practices applied in the field, across Europe and assess the needs of the professionals as regards their engagement in Mental Health Units.
  • Develop a comprehensive specialized training course, addressed to Sports Science and Physical Activity professionals, so as they will be in the position to properly adapt their educational background and support people with mental health issues.
  • Equip the professionals who will participate in the training programme with new knowledge and skills as well as with important working experience through the 3-month internship in mental health structures.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of specialized physical activity services for mental health patients among partner countries and at EU level in general.





The core target of MENS project is to develop strong European institutional procedures for the specific contribution of sports and physical exercise to the prevention, therapy and rehabilitation regarding Mental Health field. Within this frame main objectives of the project are:

-The development of a documented and evidence based approach of the use of sports and physical exercise in the treat of mental illness (12 Policy papers)

-The establishment of a European Mental Health Sports Network

- The public awareness on the necessity of a new specific approach on the conjunction of Sport with Mental Health within the EU wide Awareness Campaign “Life is like a bike”.

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EVENTS Project aims to develop strong institutional procedures for the specific contribution of sport and physical exercise to the prevention, therapy and rehabilitation of mental health service users at european level within the overall Active Living  context. The core activity is the implementation of the 3-day 1st  European Sport & Physical Exercise pilot Event for Mental Health in September 2018 in Athens, Greece, as the first step towards its adaptation as an institution. Innovative aspects of the 1st European Sport & Physical Exercise Event for Mental Health pilot Event for Mental Health:

-Mixed participation of population with or without mental disorders

-Combination of Sport and Physical Activities

-No competitive concerns among the participants

-The assessment of participation impact and the utilization of the results in therapeutic processes

-Multiple choices activities instead of strictly structured sport programmes.

-Direct relation with the natural environment instead of activities that can be implemented only in sport premises