SCOTLAND rugby great Scott Hastings and his wife Jenny today (Thursday, 29 June) visited the Stafford Centre to officially launch Support in Mind Scotland's 100 Streets Challenge.

The 100 Streets Challenge, which is part of our 1 in 100 Mental Health Awareness and Fundraising Campaign, will encourage people to keep people active and improve their mental wellbeing by walking, running or cycling 100 streets.

As well as launching the campaign, Scott and Jenny, who are both ambassadors for Support in Mind Scotland, talked to TV crews and national newspapers about their own experience of living with mental illness.

Jenny has herself experienced episodes of mental ill health throughout her adult life and has found that exercise can play a vital role in her recovery.

Scott said: “Mental health is every bit as important as physical health, and anyone affected by mental illness should be able to seek the help they need without fear of stigma or discrimination.

“Attitudes are thankfully starting to change through the work of charities such as Support in Mind Scotland and we are delighted to be backing a campaign which will not only raise awareness further but promote physical activity and mental wellbeing.

“Jenny has endured bouts of mental ill health and from that experience we know how important is to have the right support available and to be able to identify a path to recovery.

“Exercise has played a big part in Jenny’s recovery and often there are enormous benefits to be had from getting your trainers on and getting out into the fresh air.

“The 100 Streets Challenge is a simple concept and is open to people of any fitness level.  You can have great fun planning your route then either walking, cycling or jogging your way round 100 streets as part of a group, on your own or with a friend.

“We completed the 100 Streets Challenge last year and such was the success, we have a new route planned this year. We would be delighted if more runners, walkers and cyclists take on their own routes in support of the campaign.”

Sign-up to the 100 Streets Challenge is free. Visit www.100streetschallenge.com for more details.

If you wish to donate to the 100 Streets Challenge or set up a fundraising page you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/nsfs/sims100streetschallenge

  • Pictures courtesy of The Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News