Former Scotland and British & Irish Lion Scott Hastings and his wife Jenny have launched a charity campaign to keep people active and improve their mental wellbeing by walking, running or cycling 100 streets.

Scott and Jenny, ambassadors for Support in Mind Scotland, will get together with friends and family later this year to complete the charity’s ‘100 Streets Challenge’, and they have encouraged others to sign up to the mental health awareness raising initiative.

One in four people living in Scotland will experience a mental health issue each year, while 1 in 100 will be diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

Jenny has herself experienced episodes of mental ill health throughout her adult life and has found exercise can play a vital role in her recovery.

Scott, capped 65 times by Scotland and veteran of two Lions tours, said: “Mental health is every bit as important as physical health, and anyone affected by mental illness should be able to seek the help they need without fear of stigma or discrimination.

“Attitudes are thankfully starting to change through the work of charities such as Support in Mind Scotland and we are delighted to be backing a campaign which will not only raise awareness further, but promote physical activity and mental wellbeing.

“Jenny has endured bouts of mental ill health and from that experience we know how important is to have the right support available and to be able to identify a path to recovery.

“Exercise has played a big part in Jenny’s recovery and often there are enormous benefits to be had from getting your trainers on and getting out into the fresh air.

“The 100 Streets Challenge is a simple concept and is open to people of any fitness level.  You can have great fun planning your route then either walking, cycling or jogging your way round 100 streets as part of a group, on your own or with a friend.

“We completed the 100 Streets Challenge last year and such was the success, we have a new route planned this year. We would be delighted if more runners, walkers and cyclists take on their own routes in support of the campaign.”

Scott and Jenny launched the 100 Streets Challenge at The Stafford Centre, Support in Mind Scotland’s resource centre in Edinburgh.

Support in Mind Scotland has 21 projects throughout the country and supports more than 2,000 people a year affected by serious mental illness, including families and carers.

Sign-up to the 100 Streets Challenge is free, visit www.100streetschallenge.com for more details

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