Chris Hoy back­ing for school ini­tia­tive

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Pupils at 152 schools across the north-east will be given bet­ter men­tal health sup­port through an ini­tia­tive high­light­ing how an ac­tive life­style can help.

A 400-strong group of Ac­tive Schools Co-or­di­na­tors will be trained to man­age men­tal health as part of the new part­ner­ship be­tween SAMH (Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Men­tal Health) and sportscot­land.

The scheme was launched by Olympic cy­clist Sir Chris Hoy.

Ac­tive Schools man­ager Brian Mitchell said: “We are en­gag­ing with young peo­ple ev­ery day and have the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify signs that an in­di­vid­ual is strug­gling with their men­tal health in the early stages.”

Sir Chris said: “I’m a real be­liever in the link be­tween phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and good men­tal health as I know how my mood and well­be­ing can be af­fected if I don’t man­age to get out on my bike reg­u­larly.”

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