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Taking action

Using sport to support people with mental health struggles

sportscotland is a full signatory of the Scottish Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. In February last year, when the charter was launched, we were delighted to be among the first to sign up, pledging to further our work to promote good mental health through sport and physical activity.

We have submitted our action plan under the charter to SAMH. It lays out the specific actions we’ll take to promote, educate and raise awareness of mental health, and makes us full signatories. 

We know from the work we do in communities across the country the very positive and sometimes life-changing effects that physical activity and sport can have on mental health and wellbeing.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: "By working together, the sporting community can help break down barriers to participation, challenge stigma, and help make a real difference to the lives of people faced with mental health problems. On behalf of the sporting community in Scotland we are delighted to support Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport."

Robert Nesbitt, SAMH Head of Physical Activity and Sport said: “At SAMH we know the positive impact that physical activity through sport or recreation can have on mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s great to see sportscotland submitting their action plan and becoming full signatories to the Charter for Sport; playing a role in using the collective power of physical activity and sport to create positive lasting change in mental health and wellbeing.”

We hope that more sporting organisations across Scotland will sign up to the Charter and help create positive lasting change in mental health and wellbeing.

Watch the video to find out more about why various organisations joined the Charter.

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