Active minds: physical activity, mental health & digital technology

Academic / practitioner workshop 18th & 19th July 2018

Led by: Dr Maki Rooksby, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Date: July 18th and 19th - 2 day workshop .
Venue: University Hospital, Glasgow
Fee: Free – no registration fee.
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This workshop will explore the intersection between physical (in)activity, digital technology and mental health and wellbeing.

There are important parallels and interrelationships between technology for mental health and technology for physical activity, both in terms of how technology should be designed and how it should be evaluated. But to date there have been few opportunities for technology and mental health researchers to come together to discuss physical activity technology. As a result, those in the technology field can sometimes fail to address or misrepresent mental health problems, and those in the health fields remain unaware of new technology and relevant design processes and opportunities.


  • Three keynotes from internationally leading speakers exploring the relationship between mental health problems and physical activity/inactivity.
  • Hands-on design sessions in which we consider technology as both a solution and problem.
  • Opportunities to network in an interdisciplinary setting, to learn about issues in mental health, and design issues and concepts.
  • Support for small groups who wish to develop research proposals and new collaborations.

This event will be of interest to:

  • Researchers, academics and postgraduate students working in technology, physical activity, and/or mental health fields.
  • Medical and clinical professionals specialising in mental health.
  • Individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions or with caring experiences for individuals affected by mental health either concurrently or with a relevant history.
  • Software developers and industry researchers.


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