A new jogscotland initiative is launched today (Thursday 3 May) which highlights the partnership between jogscotland and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and aims to help jog groups to engage in conversations around mental health and wellbeing.
And to help the initiative along popular jogscotland mascot Jog Scotty has had pups - Sammy, Agnes and Lee. These three cuties will be a symbol of the jogscotland/SAMH partnership and will represent physical and mental wellbeing.
Jog Leaders from 23 jogscotland groups across the country have signed up to take care of one of the dogs for a few days, take it along to their jog group for photos, and use it as a starting point to introduce a session focusing on mental health and wellbeing.
Each dog comes with a toolkit containing several ideas for sessions. Groups will share their photos on social media with a few details of the session they host, to inspire others, and these will in turn be shared by jogscotland nationwide.
Sammy and siblings will make their way from group to group, travelling around Scotland and finishing back at jogscotland HQ in Edinburgh in time for World Mental Health Day in October.
You can follow Sammy’s Road Trip on Facebook. The tour starts today with a visit to the Alexandria, Clydebank and Dumbarton jogscotland groups run by WD Leisure.
As well as getting joggers talking, the journey will provide an opportunity to connect neighbouring jogscotland groups as they pass the pups on in person where possible. We hope the initiative will help jog groups promote wellbeing to their joggers and make members feel more comfortable talking about mental health
Another aim of the new initiative is to let the population of Scotland see that jogscotland and SAMH are working to reduce barriers to participation in physical activity, and to challenge stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.