Lift your Mood with Sarah Meharg
Dawn Breaks podcast
MAR. 19, 2021
Key words: depression, occupational therapy, small steps, weightlifting, gym, exercise, recovery, compassion, side hustle, entrepreneurship
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Sarah Meharg is an award winning occupational therapist and personal trainer who is passionate about helping you flourish. She creates bespoke wellbeing packages to help you overcome obstacles to living well.
"Moodlifter comes to you because we know that doing activities within your own environment makes it more sustainable.
We can tailor the activities to your needs as an individual or small group.
Sarah Meharg qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and started her career working on surgery and rehabilitation wards in hospital. She then held clinical positions within learning disability teams and gained a postgraduate certificate in dementia studies. At this time she experienced a bereavement and despite having never been interested in exercise she started to explore how to use physical activity to overcome depression.
She developed a love of Olympic style weightlifting, hiking and going to the gym.
Within her role as lead occupational therapist at a mental health hospital she set up a gym and physical activity program.
Between 2013 and 2019 she was a wellbeing advisor and mental health coordinator at Warwick University.
She is actively involved with a number of charities and between 2013 and 2019 was the treasurer and committee member for the national charity the University Mental Health Advisors Network.
In 2018 she created MoodLifter as she was passionate about the benefits of exercise so combined her two expertise in mental health/ wellbeing and personal training."
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Further support specific to this episode:
Here's what the Mental Health Foundation says about using exercise to support our mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise
Here's a great article from HelpGuide about the benefits of exercise on Mental Health: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm
And Mind here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-and-your-mental-health/about-physical-activity/
NHS UK - Where to get urgent support for mental health: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/
Find an urgent Mental Health Helpline (England only): https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline
Call The Samaritans, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for anonymous support on 116 123
Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
Advice for how to cope during a mental health crisis from Mind UK: https://www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/what-can-i-do-to-help-myself-cope/