Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Scottish Swimming signs up to Scotland’s Mental Health Charter

Scottish Swimming is proud to sign up to Scotland’s Mental Health Charter, developed by SAMH, (Scottish Association for Mental Health). Scottish Swimming believes that its staff and members are its most valuable resource and that their wellbeing is vital to effective performance both at work and within the club environment.  To this end, we are committed to providing, maintaining and promoting a healthy and supportive environment in which to work and take part in aquatics in Scotland.

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

On signing up to the Charter, Director of Development, Sharon Macdonald, said,

“We know that swimming and regular physical activity have been proven to have a positive effect on physical and mental health and wellbeing but know it can be tough to be active when you’re struggling with your mental health.

“By signing up to the Charter and developing an action plan, we hope to have a better understanding of how mental health problems can affect participants and how we can work collaboratively with other partners to share best practise and promote sport as a positive activity for better mental health and wellbeing.”

Robert Nesbitt, Head of Physical Activity and Sport at SAMH said:

“We know that participating in physical activity can improve confidence, self-esteem, and mood; but there are often barriers to taking part and it can be difficult to get started. So it’s fantastic to see Scottish Swimming signing up to Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. We’re delighted to welcome them to this community of organisations who have pledged to focus on mental health, and we are looking forward to working together.”

Earlier this week, members of the Scottish Governing Bodies Chief Executive Officers Forum were joined by Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mairi Gougeon, and Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, at a virtual meeting, where the Minister said:

 “We know that being active is one of the best ways to improve or maintain our physical and mental wellbeing, and this has been particularly so during the pandemic. As we start to carefully ease lockdown restrictions while continuing to supress the virus, there is no doubt that sport will play a central role in Scotland’s recovery. “

As Scotland’s largest participation sport, we know that swimming supports and improves the health and wellbeing of our nation and can play a role in the solution to the pandemic and the nation’s recovery. By signing up to Scotland’s Mental Health Charter, we look forward to continuing to share the #PowerOfSport message and building a relevant hub for mental health support for members and the wider aquatics community.

Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity & Sport is found HERE.