Sport and Health SEN Virtual Session: Using Sport and Physical Activity to Promote Positive Mental Health

Wednesday 9 September 10.00 – 11.30

In recognition of the impact that Covid -19 will have on mental health and wellbeing, we have been hosting a series of SEN sessions focusing on this topic.

Physical activity has been shown to have a strong and positive impact on mental wellbeing.  Many social enterprises are already using sport and physical activity as a tool to promote positive mental health, and many have indicated that this is something they would like to start or do more of in future.  This session will focus on using sport and physical activity to address mental health within communities.

We will hear from:

Andy Douglas, Scotland All Strong:  A social enterprise whose mission is Fitness to Feel Better.  They provide and promote mindful fitness, strength, relaxation and peer support for mental health benefits.  They successfully secured funding from The National Lottery recently to develop an online app where you can find support groups and self-management tools.

Brian McLaughlin, Greenock Morton Community Trust:  A social enterprise who use the power of football to develop inclusive programmes for people of all ages and abilities to help create a safer and healthier region.  They offer physical and mental wellbeing programmes including Team Talk which offers a safe space for males aged 16+ to talk.  They also secured funding through the Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity programme to deliver an intergenerational programme with young people volunteering to visit care homes and deliver physical activity programmes.

Stephanie McLean, Scottish Sports Futures:  A social enterprise who use sport and physical activity to engage with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Scotland and empower them to be confident, healthy and happy.  Stephanie will be joined by one of their Wellbeing Ambassadors, who are young volunteers aged between 16-22, who deliver workshops and support the development of positive mental health of other young people.  This programme was funded through the Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity programme and is delivered in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

There will also be an interactive Q&A, the opportunity for general discussion and to share ideas and experiences.

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