On June 13th ten colleges and universities from across Scotland were recognised for their achievements in tackling mental wellbeing through sport and exercise at the Scottish Student Sport Conference held at the University of Edinburgh.
The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards are ran in partnership between the NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport to tackle the increasingly significant issue of student mental ill health in Scotland. To gain Healthy Body Healthy Mind status institutions must campaign on mental health issues throughout the year and help bring about practical changes on their campuses such as improved sport and recreational programmes, better signposting to student services and educating students about good mental wellbeing through sports teams and sports facilities.
NUS Scotland Depute President Graeme Kirkpatrick said, “We know that students are at particular risk of experiencing mental ill health. With as many as 1 in 4 students experiencing mental ill health during their studies, this is a real concern for Scotland’s colleges and universities.
“These Awards recognise the fantastic work students’ associations and their institutions are doing to help their students get active and stay healthy during their studies. The links between healthy body and healthy minds are clear and these Awards highlight how important this is.
“These Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards are in their second year and institutions should be incredibly proud of their achievements so far, which are helping to create healthier and more supportive environments for students.”
For more information about the Awards and to find out how you can get involved in the 2012/13 academic year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Institutions are awarded on a 1-5 star rating scale (where 5 is highest)
Heriot Watt University Four-star Award
Prize for Creativity
University of Strathclyde Four-star Award
Glasgow Caledonian University Four-star Award
Robert Gordon University Four-star Award
Forth Valley College Three-star Award
University of Glasgow Three-star Award
University of West of Scotland Two-star Award
University of Edinburgh Two-star Award
University of Aberdeen Two-star Award
University of St Andrews Working towards Healthy Body Healthy Mind status certificate