Depression is more than simply feeling a little blue, it is  a condition that can start to engulf your life and affect day-to-day responsibilities. October is Depression Awareness month. Chances are, you have either experienced depression yourself, or know someone who has. In fact, according to the CDC, over 8 million people seek outpatient care with depression as a diagnosis. Now for the good news: Scientists are seeing evidence that exercise can improve mental health.

Check out Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health 5 ways that exercise may be able to help lift your mood

If you feel that you need help immediately due to a crisis or feeling “out of control,” you can all the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call the Philadelphia Suicide Prevention Hotline at:215-686-4420.