Scottish Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) approach has three strands which bring to life our commitment to inclusion underpinning everything we do. Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport supports our EDI approach. It helps us deliver our vision of an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport.

Sport and physical activity supports health and enhances wellbeing 

We all have mental health. Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Sport and physical activity can help us unwind and feel more relaxed. It can be a way of making friends, social connections and becoming involved in a community. It can give us energy and confidence to think clearly and get the most out of life. It can also help us develop a stronger body and combat health issues. 

We know from the work we do in communities across the country the very positive and sometimes life-changing effects that physical activity and sport can have on mental health and wellbeing. By working together, the sporting community can help break down barriers to participation, challenge stigma, and help make a real difference to the lives of people faced with mental health problems. 

Mental Health Charter Action plan 

We are committed to Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport. You can access our new 2023-25 action plan below:

Mental Health Charter Progress report 

We have produced reports outlining the progress we’ve made and examples of our work in action. You can access the reports in the links below: 


Find out more 

To discover more about the Mental Health Charter and the work of SAMH go to: SAMH website.

Date published: 29 March 2023
Date updated: 17 May 2024


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