SAMH believe in good mental health and
well-being for all: Sport and physical activity
plays such an important role in helping to achieve
This is why
SAMH runs a National Programme dedicated to improving mental health
through sport and physical activity. Launched by our ambassador Sir
Chris Hoy, the programme was shortlisted for a prestgious Third
Sector Excellence Award and has had fantastic feedback from its
participants. Get Active aims to bring about improvements in mental
health and wellbeing through building:
Self-esteem and emotional resilience
Community wide improvements in social inclusion and
Improved sporting and recreational facilities to include
the support needs of people with mental health
SAMH is a big advocate of promoting the benefits of physical
exercise, regardless of how difficult Scottish weather makes this!
We have had great success with our horticultural services, such as
Redhall Walled Garden,
Evergreen, or prgrammes like Branching Out.
Check out our series of blogs
providing lots more information and advice on ways of building an
appreciation for the outdoors.
Exercise and Mental Health
shows that participation in regular physical activity (including
sport, exercise, walking and dance) will have a hugely positive
impact on your life. It can promote good mental health, prevent ill
health and improve your quality of life. Common benefits of regular
Reduced risk of
concentration and self-esteem
Being active doesn't mean you need to spend hours in the gym.
More gentle activities such as walking, gardening and dancing are
also great for your fitness. Finding activities you enjoy and can
fit into your daily life is the key to achieving your fitness
Some Fitness Ideas
You will find plenty of resources on the internet which can help
you decide how to make exercise part of your life. Our helpful
links below are sure to give you a few ideas:
Get Active with jogscotland
In 2013 we launched a partnership with Scottish Athletics.
This included plans to train jogscotland leaders
in mental health awareness and promote the positive effects regular
exercise can have on our mental health.
As part of this partnership we want to encourage staff,
service users and supporters of SAMH to join their local
jogscotland group. Whether you are training for a
challenge or just looking to increase fitness, a
jogscotland group will offer the best possible
support to meet your needs. There are some huge benefits to being
part of a team, which include helping one another to stay motivated
and building relationships with our fellow
jogscotland have encouraged more than
25,000 people to become runners in their own right, no matter what
fitness level each individual began at. It is well known that
exercise can improve our mental health but the physical benefits
can include a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, strokes,
diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
jogscotland have around 500 groups - to
find out which is closest to you visit their website: www.jogscotland.org.uk