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Healthy Body Healthy Mind

What is the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award?

The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award is a initiative run by a partnership between NUS ScotlandScottish Student Sport and Think Positive, funded by the Scottish Government; which focuses on the link between sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health. The awards are also supported by the Mental Health Foundation and ASH Scotland.

This award highlights colleges and universities that work toward making sport and exercise recognised at their institution as a way to maintain good mental wellbeing.

The aim of the award is to encourage students and staff to take advantage of their position and ability to make links between sport and exercise and mental wellbeing issues. In doing so, the award scheme aims to improve student mental health at institutions across Scotland.

SRUCSA is committed to achieving a Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award in 2019

SRUC and SRUCSA are intent on promoting good mental and physical health for our staff and students across all campuses, and on raising awareness and understanding of the issues that can affect mental health and wellbeing.

Our Healthy Body Healthy Mind activities include:

  • Promotion of physical activity and sporting opportunities.
  • Mental health support, including Scottish Mental Health First Aid training opportunities.
  • The 'Shady the Black Dog' mental health and wellbeing campaign.
  • Information on quitting smoking.

Want to know more? Want to get involved? Drop us a line at, or talk to one of our officer team or SRUCSA staff. We'd love to hear from you and we'd love to have you working with us to improve physical and mental health across SRUC.

Physical Activity and Mental Health

Research shows that just 10 minutes of physical activity can have a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing.

Team sports can also help develop resilience, confidence, self-esteem and new social connections. 

Find out more about the link between physical activity and mental health here

Mental Health and Smoking

Smoke free campuses mean a healthier learning environment for everyone with the numerous physical health benefits being evident for non-smokers vs smokers. What we don’t often talk about however is the links between smoking, smoking cessation and mental health.

Those who experience mental illness are much more likely to smoke than the general population with ASH Scotland suggesting that people with mental illnesses may account for more than a third of the tobacco smoked in the UK.

It is also thought that these same people will smoke more per day, be more addicted to nicotine and find it harder to quit. The evidence suggest however that they will usually still want to quit.

ASH also believe that smoking could be one of the most common preventable causes of death for people with mental illness.

Find out more about smoking and mental health here.