RUGBY legend Scott Hastings and his wife Jenny have backed Support in Mind Scotland's newly-launched 1 in 100 Fundraising and Mental Health Awareness campaign.

The 65-times capped Scotland international, who also played for the British and Irish Lions, has a close connection to the cause as Jenny has suffered from episodes of mental ill health.

 

The pair visited the Stafford Centre in Edinburgh on Monday to lend their support to the campaign, and donned their running gear to back our 1 in 100 running and walking challenge. They have set up a campaign page on Just Giving, which you can visit by clicking HERE

Scott, a Grand Slam winner in 1990, is encouraging people to use physical activity as a way of improving their mental health, and he and Jenny have pledged to run 100 streets in one day around Edinburgh to support the 1 in 100 campaign.

The title ‘1 in 100’ represents the statistic that 1 in 100 Scots suffers from psychosis or schizophrenia, while one in four will suffer from mental ill health.

As part of the campaign, which will run until World Mental Health Day on 10 October, walkers and runners of all abilities are being challenged to keep their minds and bodies healthy by walking or running 100 miles in 100 days, or running 100 streets in one day.

At the launch of the 1 in 100 campaign at the Stafford Centre in Edinburgh, Scott– now a successful rugby broadcaster and commentator - said: “I am delighted to back Support in Mind Scotland’s 1 in 100 mental health campaign.

“My wife Jenny suffers from mental ill health and we both know the importance of the links between physical exercise and the benefits that brings to mental health. 

“Walking or jogging helps keep Jenny well and the idea of the '1 in 100' campaign gives everyone a target to aim for.

“It's amazing how uplifting a walk can help people who suffer from mental ill health, so register now and do your bit to support this great campaign.”

 

Scott and Jenny were given a tour of the Stafford Centre by Area Manager Michele Mason and chatted with people who use the service during their visit.

Frances Simpson, Chief Executive of Support in Mind Scotland, said: “We are extremely grateful to Scott and Jenny for supporting our campaign as this will do so much to help us raise awareness of how important good physical health is to keeping mentally well. 

"Mental ill health can affect anyone and impacts not just on the individual themselves but on their families and friends who often don't know what to do for the best. 

“We hope that Jenny's experience inspires others to get involved and help us to reach out to anyone who is struggling to cope so that they can ask for the help they need.”

We want YOU to get involved. You can either take on the challenge individually or as a group. You can walk 100 miles, run 100 milesor emulate Scott and Jenny and try and run 100 streets in one day. It's up to you to do whatever distance you are comfortable with.

Anyone wishing to take part in 1 in 100 can call Support in Mind Scotland on 0131 662 4359 or email 1in100@supportinmindscotland.org.uk

*Main image reproduced by kind permission of The Scotsman/Evening News