Mental Health (Sport and Leisure)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 November 2017.

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Photo of Gordon Lindhurst Gordon Lindhurst Conservative

10. To ask the Scottish Government what impact engaging in sport and leisure activities has on mental health. (S5O-01532)

Photo of Maureen Watt Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

Our vision is of a Scotland where more people are more active, more often, in part because being active is good for mental wellbeing. The active living becomes achievable programme—a collaboration between the Scottish Government and the mental health charity, Scottish Association for Mental Health—builds on the well-established links between physical activity and improved mental wellbeing, as well as physical health. That is further evidenced by the recent partnership announcement between SAMH and jogscotland, which recognises the clear link between physical and mental health.

Photo of Gordon Lindhurst Gordon Lindhurst Conservative

The minister will be aware of physical activity programmes such as the healthy active minds project that is run by Edinburgh Leisure to assist those who are facing stress, anxiety and depression. Does she welcome the fact that rates relief for leisure trusts will now be continued, to allow for the provision of such services, thanks to Scottish Conservative pressure, and will she lobby colleagues to ensure that adequate funding is given to local authorities to allow for their long-term sustainability?

Photo of Maureen Watt Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

I have to laugh at the fact that the Tories think that they managed to get the rates relief on sport and leisure facilities, as if we had not been working with our colleagues to take forward and look specifically at what was in the Barclay review, which, of course, we will be debating later on.