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16 May 2019

Postgraduate student's mental health and exercise initiative goes from strength to strength

The Live More mental health service, founded by postgraduate student Matt Waugh has continued success, winning a mentor scholarship.

Matt Waugh and David Walsh
Matt Waugh and David Walsh

Live More is a service providing daily supported exercise for hospital inpatients with severe mental illness. It is currently undergoing a pilot scheme a in psychiatric intensive care unit at St Charles Hospital in London. The patients are supported to take part in daily exercise activities, which has helped give them a positive identity and support to sustain and improve lifestyle change, supporting their recovery from severe mental illness.

Live More is the brainchild of Matt Waugh, a postgraduate mental health nursing student at King’s.

Earlier this month, Matt ,was awarded a mentorship scholarship from King’s alumnus and Entrepreneur in Residence David Walsh. The scholarship aims to support the performance and potential of individuals and their team. The scholarships were founded by David Walsh managing partner of Flamefinch  and advisory and investment practice.,

To win the Scholarship Matt pitched to an audience of 70 investors, mentors, King’s students, staff and alumni at an evening at Bush House his theme was ‘How exercise can give hope to people with mental illness’.

Scholarships were awarded based on the entrepreneurial attributes and leadership skills demonstrated by the entrepreneurs judged by Scholarship founder David Walsh and guest judges Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet, Anna Gross, founder of Project Access, Phill Blundell, MD, Flamefinch and Kajal Sanghrajka, Founder of the Growth hub.

Hear from Matt about how he feels about winning:



Live More was awarded a place on the King’s20 Accelerator in 2018. This ongoing support has helped the initiative go from strength to strength, being awarded an Allesch-Taylor Scholarship, and winning the Medopad Greatest Minds in the NHS Competition.

I struggled with my mental health after I left school. Exercise was the best treatment I ever had. It gave me structure, confidence, hope and purpose!

Matt Waugh