Depression is one of the most common mental health barriers in the world. An abundance volume of literature regards physical activity as an important part of the therapeutic intervention. Rock climbing or bouldering (rock climbing to moderate height without rope) comprises many aspects that are considered useful, but until now, there has been hardly any research on the effects of a bouldering group intervention on people with depression. This controlled pilot study; firstly, developed a manual for an eight-week interventional program that integrates psychotherapeutic interventions in a bouldering group setting and secondly, to assess the effects of a bouldering intervention on people with depression.
After eight weeks of intervention, results indicated positive effects on the measures of depression. The findings provide the first evidence that therapeutic bouldering may offer an effective treatment for depression.
Link to research: BoulderingDepression