Rugby legend Scott Hastings backs charity challenge for mental health awareness

Rugby legend Scott Hastings and paralympic athlete Maria Lyle are urging people to take part in a charity challenge to raise awareness about mental health.

The 100 Streets Challenge, run by Support in Mind Scotland, invites people to walk, run or cycle 100 streets in their community.

Hastings and his wife Jenny are ambassadors for Support in Mind Scotland, and have used their own personal mental health experiences to encourage people to sign up to the campaign for the past three years.

People can undertake the challenge any time between 1 April and World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Mr Hastings, whose wife has experienced mental health issues, said: “The 100 Streets Challenge has gone from strength to strength with each year and it is always pleasing to see just how many positives people get out of taking part.

“Whether you decide to walk, run or cycle, taking part in the 100 Streets Challenge helps release endorphins and can improve your mental well-being.

“Jenny and I have had great fun taking part each year and we are really looking forward to undertaking the challenge again.”

Runner Ms Lyle, 19, who has cerebral palsy, has talked about her own mental health struggles in the past.

The Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medalist said: “Mental health is a cause close to my heart and I am delighted to be able to help Support in Mind Scotland with this great initiative which helps people stay physically active.

“I know from my own experience that mental ill health affects many of us, but it is reassuring that there are charities around like Support in Mind Scotland to offer expert help and support where and when it is needed.

“The 100 Streets Challenge will further help raise awareness of mental health issues.

“It is a simple and fun way for people to get out and explore their communities, either on their own or as part of a group.”

Edinburgh City football players Josh Walker and Liam Henderson are also backing the challenge.

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