The hybrid event – both on campus and online featured stakeholders interested in, working in or living with Enduring Mental Health Difficulties and was held as Sedentary behaviour and reduced physical activity in mental illness arise from many variables, including the nature of the illnesses, the medication associated with them, social isolation, poverty, stigma, and exclusion.

Aclú seeks to improve health outcomes for those living with enduring mental health difficulties (EMHD) by increasing physical activity, reducing sedentariness, and improving nutrition with the support of digital technologies.

 A recent special issue of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (O’Donohue, 2021) provides an overview of the current state of the art, and its opening article offers an excellent summary of the current situation today and backdrop to this initiative:

‘People affected by severe mental health disorders have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Cardiovascular disease is the main contributor to this early mortality, caused by higher rates of smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, sleep disturbance, excessive alcohol use or substance abuse and medication side effects. Therefore, we need to take a preventative approach and translate effective interventions for physical health into routine clinical practice.’


Aclú Launch featuring National and
International Speakers



September 22nd 2022

2pm- 5pm


MTU Kerry Campus and Online


This event is open to all.

All stakeholders interested in, working in or living with Enduring Mental Illness are welcome to attend


Watch the recording of the event

Please find the video below