Did you know….
More than one in three people are affected by a mental health problem each year in Scotland.
People with mental illness are almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease and are at higher risk of being overweight or obese.
1 in 3 GP appointments relates to a mental health problem.
Although most people with mental health problems are employed, generally people have better mental health when in employment than when jobless.
- Participation in regular physical activity can have a positive influence on mental health and well-being, benefits can include:
- more energy
- reduced symptoms of depression/anxiety
- improved sleeping patterns
- increased confidence and self-esteem
- improved mood
- decreased levels of stress
A single bout of 40 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to increase ‘feel good’ chemicals and improve mood in the short term. Due to this the body can respond better when placed in situations of stress. The project aims to improve the mental health and well-being of individuals by providing support to increase levels of physical activity. Staff from the Mind and Be Active Team have completed a nationally recognised qualification in Exercise and Mental Health.
You can either self refer to the project or be referred by a health professional. One of our specially trained members of staff will guide you through your journey to becoming more active providing support and encouragement along the way.
For more information on Mind and Be Active please contact the Active Lifestyles Team in confidence on 01294 270796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Sports and Physical Activity
Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Sports and Physical Activity was developed through the People Active for Change and Equality (PACE) project funded by Comic Relief. PACE is led by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and supported through a steering group with representatives from: NHS Health Scotland, sportscotland, SPORTA, Scottish Student Sport, North Lanarkshire Leisure, KA Leisure and Glasgow Sport. Charter aims
KA Leisure are proud to have been part of a Steering Group who influenced the design and content of the Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Sports and Physical activity. We are also a signatory of the Charter and are fully committed to improving equality and reduce discrimination for anyone with a mental health problem, ensuring there is no barrier to engaging, participating and achieving in physical activity and sport.
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We are proud supporters of SAMH and the Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. Download Mental Health Charter