Benefits of climbing

Focuses on 10 key psychological principles:

  • Mindfulness and concentration
  • Problem solving
  • Controlled breathing
  • Anxiety and fear management
  • Self belief
  • Social interaction
  • Reflection
  • Empowerment
  • Balance, coordination and confidence
  • Sense of wellbeing

A bit of extra reading...

UKClimbing.com

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/bouldering_as_treatment_for_depression_-_a_study-9472

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/mental_health_and_climbing-7264

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/men_masculinities_and_mental_health-9530

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/climbing_therapy_in_europe_-_a_modern_medicine-8502

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/mindfulness_in_climbing-9698

https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/aspergers_and_climbing_a_girls_story-7107

 

BMC.co.uk (British Mountaineering Council.)

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/benefits-of-climbing-on-mental-wellbeing

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/Positive-mental-wellbeing-through-rock-climbing

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/mps-showcase-bouldering-as-a-fun-and-healthy-family-activity

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/mental-health-charter-signed-by-bmc

 

NHS.com (National Health Service U.K) article on rock climbing and mental health

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/rock-climbing-health-benefits.aspx

https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx

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Research study from university of Arizona on mental health and climbing

https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/bouldering-envisioned-new-treatment-depression

Related article on the study from biomedcentral.com

https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-015-0585-8

 

Other  useful articles

http://www.womenclimb.co.uk/beth-on-climbing-and-mental-health/

https://www.climbing.com/people/out-on-a-ledge-the-mental-health-benefits-of-climbing/

https://www.climbing.com/news/can-climbing-be-used-to-treat-depression/

https://www.climbing.com/people/climbing-for-mental-health/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170525161321.htm

https://themighty.com/2017/08/mental-health-recovery-falling-suicide/

https://www.senderoneclimbing.com/mental-health-in-youth/

http://www.penumbra.org.uk/staff-blog/climbing-past-confidence-crisis/