Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport aims to improve equality and reduce discrimination for anyone with a mental health problem and to remove any and all barriers and allow participation for all.
Walking Football Scotland feels this is core to what we wish to achieve and were proud to make the commitment and create an action plan and strategy, enabling us to meet the needs of the Charter.
We are delighted to be part of this video highlighting some of the groups working with SAMH and Scotland’s Mental Health Charter.
Walking Football Scotland is proud to be an early signatory of the Charter and urge any groups or organisations to get involved and sign up to the Charter if they can.
Chairman Gary McLaughlin said: “We are fortunate in walking football that the connections to good mental health are apparent early on and occur naturally within our groups. Signing up to the Charter reinforces our commitment as a Board of Trustees and being part of our action plan ensures we keep good practise and observance to Mental Health at all times.
We share and believe in the Charter’s principal, we are committed to preventing any barriers that stops any of our participants, friends and communities in engaging, participating and achieving their goals. We are committed to increase our awareness, creating a deeper knowledge and understanding of Mental Health and Wellbeing for all. We all have a social responsibility and this is core to Walking Football Scotland.”
Robert Nesbitt, Head of Physical Activity and Sport, SAMH said:
“Physical activity and sports communities across Scotland are recognising the importance that sports, such as football, are having on participants mental health and wellbeing. Importantly, they are also taking action, challenging stigma and improving equality for all. Creating the right environment and culture encourages positive conversations around mental health and wellbeing and promotes social connectedness, all of which enables participants to engage, participate and achieve”.