Mental Health in Scottish Sport conference

A meeting of minds

Inside the first Mental Health in Scottish Sport conference 

Experts from across Scotland’s world class sporting system came together for a captivating exchange of information at the first Mental Health in Scottish Sport conference at Hampden Park.

Speakers included the world short-track champion Elise Christie, Scotland rugby player Fraser Brown and retired football professional Graham Gartland, each of whom spoke about poignant personal challenges with mental health and the impact their experiences had on their sporting careers.

Taking place in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week, the conference was opened by the Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey, who was followed by some of the leading minds in sport medicine.

Dumbarton-born sports psychiatrist Professor Alan Currie was the keynote speaker and the sportscotland institute of sport was represented by head of sport medicine Dr Niall Elliott, currently preparing for his eighth major Games as chief medical officer for Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and Susie Elms, head of Performance Lifestyle.

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Mental Health in Scottish Sport 2019

Social media

The conference was covered extensively on social media. Below you can see two videos produced by BBC Scotland's The Nine team and Scottish Rugby, highlighting the stories told by Elise Christie and Fraser Brown.




Here you can see how many of the conference delegates and partners reflected on their day on Twitter.

Find out more

  • Discover more about the provision of mental health support in Scottish sport in Mental health matters 
  • Read Dr Niall Elliott’s blog on Cutting Edge: Mental health in sport: why it’s always better to talk
  • Check out more social media coverage via #SupportWithinSport / #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 
  • Find out about the PFA Scotland support service for footballers: Support within sport 
  • Discover Scottish Rugby’s Rugby for Life programme
  • Call NHS24 Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 – a free, confidential phone service for anyone aged over 16 – if you are feeling low, anxious or depressed 


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