sportscotland and Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH) Partnership Capacity building resources

SAMH Scottish Action for Mental Health

The sportscotland and SAMH strategic partnership aims to build capacity across sport and physical activity communities. Through a series of learning and development opportunities for sportscotland’s professional staff network, we will explore and understand mental health and wellbeing in the context of sport and physical activity. Over the coming months and years, we will ensure that our learning and development offer focuses on providing insights into wellbeing, understanding mental health barriers to participation and inclusion, and exploring resources to support individuals to look after their wellbeing.

Maintaining Wellbeing session

The digital resource pack is a key part of this learning and development opportunity and one we hope will help carry a new understanding and resilience around mental health and wellbeing.

Embedding the 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Part two of the SAMH and sportscotland route map is Embedding the 5 Ways to WellbeingThis builds on your existing knowledge from previous training by exploring further what the 5 ways to wellbeing are, the benefits and barriers to embedding the 5 ways and building skills on how you can effectively embed the 5 ways both personally and in your sport environment.  

Mental Health Awareness 

This builds from previous “Maintaining Wellbeing” and “Embedding the 5 Ways to Wellbeing” Training sessions, and develops and widens your knowledge and awareness of mental health within physical activity and sport.

How to have a mental health conversation

This training journeys the participant through the 5 stages of having a mental health conversation in a safe and supported way. It finishes by revisiting self-care knowledge built in previous trainings, enhancing skills and highlighting the importance of applying self-care after having hard conversations.

Managing Anxiety

This training session helps you better understand anxiety and equip you with some skills to support yourself or others with the aims to; 

  • Further develop your understanding of anxiety 
  • Explore how anxiety might impact someone within your sport
  • Build an understanding of the role of thoughts, feelings and their impact on behaviour
  • Explore support techniques and how they can be implemented
  • Know when/how to use different resources to support someone


Introduction to suicide prevention

The session will support your understanding of suicide statistics and how to spot the signs of suicide, ask about suicide, listen appropriately, know the supports available, and know your limits and how to look after yourself.

Date published: 29 March 2023
Date updated: 22 March 2024


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