We’re supporting scotland’s mental health charter
We are very proud to announce we are now official signatories of Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport.
Funded by Comic Relief, the Charter aims to make physical activity and sport more accessible to people with mental health problems, from grassroots groups to professional clubs.
Physical activity through sport or recreation has been proven to have a positive impact on physical and mental health and well-being.
Research suggests the less physical activity a person does, the more likely they are to experience low mood, depression, tension and worry.
Despite this 36% of Scots don’t meet physical activity recommendations.
Head of Development at Scottish Curling, Judith McCleary:
‘’Curling offers so much more than just participation on the ice. It provides connection opportunities and a sense of purpose; just being around people and having a chat during a game can go a long way to making someone feel better and improving their mental health. And it’s not just playing curling that can be rewarding; involvement through coaching, officiating or volunteering can offer the same opportunities to meet new people, develop confidence and ultimately feel happier in ourselves. My key message to clubs is ‘You don’t always know what’s going on in people’s lives, but never underestimate the impact that you could be having and the positive contribution you could be making to someone’’
There are lots of things we can do every day to support good mental health.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health, SAMH, suggests the following five ways to better well being:-
Connect: staying in touch with loved ones can make us feel happier and more secure.
Be active: being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and well being.
Take notice: whether you’re spending time with friends or taking a moment for yourself, try to stop to take notice and be aware of the present.
Learn: learning enhances your self-esteem and confidence, and can be a great way to meet new people.
Give: giving can be very rewarding – in fact those who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.