Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) and the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) ‘My Life Dynamic’ team have joined forces to trial a project devised to improve the wellbeing of people experiencing mental health problems.
The initiative has been designed to strengthen pathways for SAMH service users into opportunities including low-level exercise classes, leisure sessions and community sport clubs.
The Aberdeenshire Community Sport Hub project, led through LLA, has recently allocated £1k of sportscotland funding to support the trial. The ‘Physical Activity & Mental Health Activation Fund’ will be used to support people to overcome financial barriers to participation such as clothing, equipment, transport, and session fees.
Service Manager for SAMH’s ‘My Life Dynamic’, Maja Grigorjeva commented: “We know there’s a strong link between physical activity and good mental health wellbeing but we also know that it can be tough to be active when you’re struggling with your mental health. So we’re delighted to be working with Live Life Aberdeenshire to help people who access the My Life Dynamic service engage in sports and physical activity.”
Live Life Aberdeenshire Health and Wellbeing Officer, Claire Wright, added: "We provide a person-centred approach for everyone who is referred to the programme. We understand how daunting it can be to start becoming more active so to overcome this barrier we discuss their needs and support them through the process to making lifestyle improvements.”
Community Sport Hub Officer for North Aberdeenshire, Roy McPherson, added: “We’ve recently appealed to the sport clubs within our hub networks to engage with the project and have received a positive response. It’s hoped that long term we can increase the participation levels at our local sport clubs alongside enhancing the wellbeing of people within the community.’’
Image from left to right: Kay Adam (SAMH, Resilience Coach) Roy McPherson (Live Life Aberdeenshire, Community Sport Hub Officer), Lorretta Ransom (SAMH, Resilience Coach)