7 Jan

Get Active In 2015

SAMH runnersInterested in increasing your fitness or taking on a challenge in 2015? SAMH and jogscotland are encouraging people to join their local jogscotland group, and by doing so you can also help raise funds for mental health services in Scotland.

jogscotland groups offer a friendly, gentle introduction to physical activity, with beginners sessions that alternate walking with short spells of jogging. They can help even the most inactive people to build their fitness levels, working at their own pace. SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and jogscotland have partnered to promote key initiatives surrounding the impact physical activity has on mental health.
By joining a local jogscotland group, you can make a resolution to get active and help your mental health, as there are many social and physical benefits associated with exercise and being part of a team. Many SAMH supporters participate in fundraising events throughout the year, such as the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF), with teammates helping raise funds for SAMH.

Jo Anderson, director of external affairs at SAMH, said: “Every year one in four people in Scotland will experience a mental health issue, so supporting our mental health is just as important as supporting our physical health. We are thrilled that jogscotland share this view and a partnership will not only allow us to reinforce the benefits a little exercise can have on the mind, but also how being part of a team can motivate and inspire us to do things we might not normally do on our own.”
Head of jogscotland, Billy Mitchell, added: “We’re delighted to partner with SAMH to encourage more people to get active and take care of their mental health in 2015.  Our groups are welcoming to everyone, especially beginners – nobody gets left behind at jogscotland!"
jogscotland has around 500 groups and to find out which is closest to you, visit the jogscotland website. If you are interested in participating in a run and raising funds for SAMH, contact the fundraising team at fundraising@samh.org.uk