The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards are a partnership initiative between NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport, funded by the Scottish Government, which focus on the link between sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health.
Taking part in the awards allows sports unions and the wider institution to improve wellbeing for everyone. Participation offers a formal structure to connect activities promoting physical and mental health to improve student and staff experience.
Those taking part can access accredited training, insightful workshops and support to develop activities. Participation in the awards offers recognition for this effort, the opportunity to share and celebrate success while joining a network of peers and colleagues.
To gain a Healthy Body Healthy Mind award students’ associations, sports unions, colleges and universities must work together on projects that aim to bring about practical changes across the whole institution. These changes include improved sport and recreational programmes, better signposting to student services and external organisations that can provide support, working towards smoke free campuses, and educating staff and students about good mental wellbeing through sports teams and fitness facilities.
Vital aspects of this project are promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging people to take care of their own wellbeing given the well documented links between exercise and mental health.
We encourage universities and colleges to take part in the awards each year and have witnessed some fantastic progress and sustained development in the current participating institutions.
Training for staff and students during participation in the awards.
Mental Health Training
The training courses have been designed by NHS Scotland and are supported by the Scottish Government. Participants will receive certificates upon completion of the courses.
- Suicide Talk– a one to three hour training and awareness raising workshop from the Choose Life initiative which aims to prevent suicide in Scotland. This practice oriented session aims to reduce stigma around suicide and promote awareness- dispelling common myths.
- Scottish Mental Health First Aid– a 12 hour course designed to equip people with the skills to listen non-judgmentally to someone who is experiencing mental illness and how to respond appropriately in a crisis.
NUS Scotland Mental Health Workshops
Smoking Prevention and Cessation
- Smoking Prevention and Cessation training can be provided by ASH Scotland
We will also offer support in leading a mental health campaign, exploring mentally healthy exercise and evaluating the impact of your activities.
We also recommend these organisations who offer training externally from the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards:
Drug Awareness, support and recovery
- Crew can offer training and workshops on substance use, support and recovery
LGBTI+ Support and Equalities
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. This TED talk explores this animation explores the benefits of sport for your body and brain.
Find out more about the link between physical activity and mental health with the charity Mind
People who experience mental illness are more likely to smoke and will find it more difficult to stop. It is a common misconception that smoking alleviates stress or boosts mood.
Find out more about smoking and mental health here.