Evidently Advent Day 18: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season!

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This film was made with the help of Ciara Gouldsboro is an ‘A’ level student studying Media, Art and photography, Jordan Edwards is a psychology undergraduate. Music courtesy of The Richard Morton Sound http://www.therichmortonsound.com/ @RichMortonSound

You can read some evidence about exercise for depression from a Cochrane review and reports from the Mental Health Foundation on sleep and diet, from the links below.

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Cooney GM, Dwan K, Greig CA, Lawlor DA, Rimer J, Waugh FR, McMurdo M, Mead GE. Exercise for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD004366. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004366.pub6 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD004366/DEPRESSN_exercise-for-depression#sthash.DIQIWerj.dpuf

Robotham D, Chakkalackal L, Cyhlarova E. Sleep Matters: the impact of sleep on health and wellbeing (Mental Health Awareness Week 2011). London: Mental Health Foundation; 2011. Available from: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/PDF/publications/MHF-Sleep-Report-2011.pdf?view=Standard

Mental Health Foundation. “Diet and Mental Health”. Mental Health Foundation. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/D/diet/

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