Staying active to support mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

About this forum

This forum, hosted by Drs. Karmel Choi and Karestan Koenen, brings practical tips and strategies for staying active to support mental health during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by international experts in exercise physiology, the forum covers up-to-date evidence about the benefits of physical activity for mood and brain health, discusses current challenges and specific recommendations, and ends with a Q&A session.


Dr. Karestan Koenen
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Brendon Stubbs
Head of Physiotherapy
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust;
NIHR Clinical Lecturer
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Dr. Simon Rosenbaum
Associate Professor & Scientia Fellow
UNSW Sydney

Dr. Joseph Firth
Presidential Fellow, University of Manchester
Honorary Fellow, Western Sydney University

Dr. Karmel Choi
Clinical and Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital