By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator
Mental health problems in Scotland is an ever-growing issue and recent reports show an increase in numbers of young people suffering from mental health problems and decreased mental wellbeing. This is in addition to an increase in referrals to specialist mental health services. Sport has been proven to positively affect mental wellbeing and at Scottish Sports Futures we use sport as our tool to engage with young people all across Scotland.
At Active East we hold a Monthly Mingle for Active Champions to attend where they can catch-up, chat about their volunteering and hear about new upcoming opportunities. Each mingle is themed around the Sport Scotland monthly themes and this month is Mental Health. Mingles are hosted by Mentors who design the content of the evening.
This month we have Chanelle and Precious hosting. The pair were in the office with us this week to design the Mental Health Mingle, which will allow the Active Champions to speak freely about mental health, discuss how they can support other people to improve their mental health, and also how they can take care of their own mental health. Chanelle and Precious are both part of our SSF Wellbeing Ambassador programme which is run in partnership with SAMH.
Allowing young people to talk about mental health and be open about how they are feeling is very important to us. We always encourage anyone who might be feeling anxious or depressed, or even just having a bad to speak about it to someone they trust and can confide in.