Healthy Body Healthy Mind
The University of St Andrews are proud to be taking part in the Healthy Body Healthy Mind award (HBHM). The University have been part of the award for three years now with activities coordinated by the HBHM University Committee. Over the past years there have been a range of initiatives including wellbeing week and revitalise week. Currently we hold 2 out of 5 stars that can be awarded. There is hope that with continued improvements across campus towards mental health that this year the University of St Andrews will gain further stars.
About the award
It has been widely recognised that mental ill health in the student population is on the increase. Pressures of academic life, financial hardship and employment prospects can take their toll on student wellbeing. The links between good mental health and sport and exercise are well recognised. It has been proven that regular exercise can help mitigate the effects of mild to moderate depression and anxiety and, more widely, exercise can be used by all as a preventative means of ensuring balanced mental wellbeing. NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport have joined together to launch the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards. These awards will recognise those colleges and universities who have worked towards making sport and exercise recognised at their institution as a way to maintain good mental wellbeing. We hope the awards will encourage all those working in sporting areas, staff and students alike, 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.