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.

There are lots of things we can do every day to support our wellbeing. The New Economic Foundation suggests the following five ways to better wellbeing.

Five Ways to better wellbeing

Scotland’s Mental Health Charter

Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport aims to empower physical activity and sporting communities to improve equality and reduce discrimination ensuring mental health and well being is not a barrier to engaging, participating and achieving in physical activity and sport.

Active Fife submitted a plan to SAMH and was accepted as a signatory to the above charter in December 2019. We agreed to :-

  1. Actively promote inclusive practice and ensure a positive and welcoming environment for all.
  2. Develop inclusive policies and practice informed by the inclusion of mental health and wellbeing in strategic planning.
  3. Actively promote the benefits of physical activity on mental health and wellbeing.
  4. To participate in Scotland’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter Network supporting meaningful collaboration, sharing of resources and best practice.
  5. Routinely reviewing our performance and identifying ways to improve and take positive action in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

 

Signatory launch at Dalgety Bay leisure Centre with walking football group jan 20.

www.samh.org.uk