Active minds: physical activity, mental health & digital technology

Academic / practitioner workshop 18th & 19th July 2018

On 18th and 19th of July 2018, Dr Maki Rooksby from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow led a workshop to bring together people from different disciplines and explore the relationship between mental health problems and physical (in)activity, and the challenges around designing technology solutions to help address these. Full details of the workshop are below and you can watch the highlights in the video below. You can also explore our other videos on YouTube and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on anything!

Led by: Dr Maki Rooksby, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Date: This event has been and gone. It took place on July 18th and 19th.
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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