Organiser: Sport to Live.
Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.
Dates of implementation: 01/10/2018 – 30/09/2019.
Using sport for social reintegration and rehabilitation of people with addiction and/or mental health problems
The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with Sport to Live with the objective of using sport to facilitate the social reintegration and rehabilitation of people with addiction and/or mental health problems.
The initiative is made up of three programmes of physical activity in different areas over the city of Barcelona. The programme in the north of the city is located in the district of Sant Andreu, where participants take part in spinning, running, flexibility and strength training. In Les Corts, Sport to Live organises running, spinning, swimming and trail running. Lastly, in Ciutat Vella, participants in the programme practise running, flexibility and strength training.
The initiative, which plans to help 120 people over the next year, has three programmes of physical activity in different areas over the city of Barcelona. Sport to Live proposes training plans of between two and four days of group physical activity per week, and sporting objectives depending on the physical fitness of each participant in the programme. All the sessions are run by coaches employed by the organisation, qualified in Physical Activity and Sports Science (CAFE) using sports facilities that are open to the public. As a complement to the programs, Sport to Live also includes participation in competitions. After every training session, the coaches fill out a report that can be consulted on the Sport2Live application. The report helps to evaluate participants’ commitment to the programme and serves to predict possible relapses or psychological instability.
The programme is maximum 24 months long, helping the participants to acquire the skills and motivation to join a sports club when the programme ends.
The initiative helps participants to rebuild their lives
The Sport to Live participants are linked to the Care and Follow Up Centres (Centros de Atención y Seguimiento – CAS), Adult Mental Health Centres (Centros de Salud Mental de Adultos – CSMA) and the Mental Health Centres for Children and Young People (Centros de Salud Mental Infantil y Juvenil – CSMIJ), hospitals, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Sport to Live is in contact with each of the participants’ therapists, who also have access to the reports uploaded onto the Sport2Live application. This helps to communicate risk behaviours such as failure to attend training sessions, aggressiveness, lack of motivation, depression or apathy, so that these can be addressed immediately.
The initiative helps to provide the necessary tools for the participants to rebuild their life based on the values of health, commitment, hard work and the ability to improve, and is instrumental in relieving anxiety and reliance on medication.
Sport to Live, an organisation that has helped more than 1,000 to rebuild their lives since 2013
Sport to Live was founded in 2013 on the back of the personal experience of its president. Sport helped him overcome addiction by improving his self-esteem, providing a new network of friends and a goal to work towards. With the help of a friend, he founded the association. Since then, Sport to Live has helped more than 1,000 people with addiction and/or mental health problems.
A year after its creation, Sport to Live became part of the Catalan Federation of Drug Dependence (FCD), a group of organisations that work in the field of drug dependencies in the fields of prevention, care and social reintegration.
In Spain, epidemiological studies conducted by clinicians have shown that 70% of people diagnosed with addiction also suffer from a mental health problem, according to the Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (SEPD).
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