Part I: Setting the scene.
1 A background to mental health and physical activity.
2 A narrative approach to mental health research.
Part II: Understanding physical activity and sport in mental health.
3 Personal stories of sport, physical activity and mental health.
4 Rebuilding identity through sport and physical activity.
5 Action, achievement and relationships.
6 Physical activity as a stepping stone in recovery.
Part III: Practice and provision of physical activity and sport.
7 The culture of physical activity and sport.
8 Women in sport and physical activity.
9 Social support for participation.
10 Practitioner perspectives.
11 A story from practice.
12 Looking to the future.
"In this evidence-based guide for nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, physical activity leaders, and coaches, Carless (Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan U., UK) and Douglas (exercise, nutrition, and health, U. of Bristol, UK) examine a unique topic: the beneficial role of sport and physical activity in the treatment of mental health problems. They address both the role of physical activity in these individual's lives and the types of activity most likely to be useful. They cover the experience of mental health problems, processes of recovery, research in the area of physical activity, and what is missing from research; stories of individuals who have experienced mental health problems and the effects of physical activity; and different settings and factors, the needs of women, providing social support, and practitioner views." (Book News Inc, November 2010)