• Have you heard that exercise can improve mental health but felt like it's too hard to do, or not known where to start? You’re not alone. There is now a massive body of science showing that regular physical exercise can help us reduce stress, better control our emotions, improve our thinking skills, and enhance our mood. However, getting active, staying active, and knowing what to do and how to do it can be challenging, and programs that support people to achieve this are scarce.

    To help address this, we have partnered with the Turner Institute's Adult Clinic to create BrainGains, a physical exercise program designed especially for people working to recover from mental ill-health.

    BrainGains will be available to clients of the Turner Institute's Adult Clinic throughout 2021.

    What's involved?

    Participation will involve:

    • participating in a small-group exercise program designed and delivered by Exercise Physiologists

    • completing a number of questionnaires about your mental health and wellbeing at the beginning and the end of the program

    • receiving education about how exercise can change the brain to improve mental health

    • receiving peer-support throughout the 8-week program

    • receiving assistance from psychologists to get active, stay active and use exercise as a self-management tool to improve mental health for the long term

    Get started

    If you are interested in participating, please contact The Turner Institute's Adult Clinic using the details below.


    Phone: 03 9902 4480

    Email: Turner.Clinics@monash.edu

    This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project Number: 26006

    This project is a collaboration between BrainPark and the Australasian Node of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. It is being supported by a valued partnership with the nib foundation.