Sir Chris Hoy helps mental health scheme

A project launched by Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy to improve mental health through exercise has been hailed as a success by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), reports BBC News.

Hundreds of people with mental health issues got involved in activities ranging from gardening to football, under the Get Active scheme. The SAMH says most of those who took part benefited from the experience.

More than 600 people took part and the SAMH, which had the results independently analysed, said 91 per cent of them felt happier, while 81 per cent reported increased confidence.

Sir Chris Hoy became SAMH’s first ambassador in 2009 and helped to launch Get Active that year. At the time he said:

“Mental health and physical health work hand in hand. While achieving four gold medals in Beijing was made physically possible by years of training, my mental health was critical to realising my dream.

“Everyone needs to appreciate the importance of good mental health, and know how to stay mentally healthy".