Scotland's Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity & Sport

Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

Yet we know that people experiencing a mental health problem can find it difficult to participate in physical activity and sport. And research suggests that the less physical activity a person does, the more likely they are to experience low mood, depression, tension and worry.

Thanks to funding from Comic Relief, Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport aims to improve equality and reduce discrimination for anyone with a mental health problem.

Since launching in 2018, we’ve been joined by everyone from grassroots clubs to elite sporting bodies, using their collective power to ensure that there is no barrier to engaging, participating and achieving in physical activity and sport.

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Charter signatories
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Craig’s Story

Craig struggled with depression after being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

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Craig's story

"I am delighted to support Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. We must ensure that having a mental health problem is never a barrier to engage, participate and achieve; whatever your goal."

Sir Chris Hoy

Partners

SAMH would like to thank the following organisations with their support in developing the Mental Health Charter: