It is estimated that one in four people in the UK are affected by a mental health problems annually and the most common issues recorded are depression and anxiety. Although sport and exercise are advocated as beneficial to mental well-being, it doesn’t mean that athletes both younger and older are not affected by mental illness. Indeed, mental health difficulties can adversely affect an athlete’s ability to stay, or be, motivated to exercise.
This page offers a few basic details about mental health statistics, a list of helpful resources and also a talk on “sport, exercise & mental health” as presented by GTC head coach Vicky Begg, who has a Masters in Sports Psychology.
A reminder: The club’s welfare officer is Jennifer MacPhee.
UK mental health stats & figures
Around a third of GP appointments in the UK relate to a mental health problem – and research shows that twice as many women as men consult with their doctor because of depression. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is three times higher for men than women.
10% of children and young people have mental health problems.
Mental health issues are a leading cause of workplace sickness absence.
A major factor of mental illness is due to poverty and the more deprived the area the higher the record of mental health problems.
The good news is that that stigma that surrounds the discussion of mental health is decreasing and the Scottish Government has attempted to set targets to improve the help and advice for people who struggle with their mental well-being.
Scots also report being happier than those in other parts of the UK. According to research by the Office for National Statistics, people living in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the most “satisfied”.
The happiest scots live in the Western Isles, where there is an average life satisfaction score is 8.41 out of 10.
Key on-line resources to support mental well-being
NHS Inform offers a wealth of information and advice, including mental health issues.
Young Minds is for children and young people specifically. There is also a parent helpline: 0808 802 5544
Mental well-being advice from Scotland’s mental health charity SAMH.
Practical advice and resources at the Mental Health Foundation.
Mental Health UK is a charity that offers a range of support.
Anxiety UK is a charity that supports people with a range of anxiety issues. Text service: 07537 416905.
Domestic abuse support through SDAFMH, which offers a confidential, sensitive service for anyone to call. You can speak to a professional in your preferred language: 0800 0271234 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Samaritans in Scotland has resources and information to help you if you are worried about your own mental health, or are concerned about someone you care for. The helpline is: 116 123 anytime.
NSPCC has tips and advice for parents and carers who may be concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a young person.
British Red Cross provides support with issues, such as loneliness.
Mind to Walk is a podcast that you can use to enhance the benefits of walking and mindfulness. See information about the free podcast.
Sport, exercise & mental health video
GTC head coach Vicky gives a talk on sport, exercise and mental health.