Scottish Squash aims to #SquashtheStigma around mental health in May

Scottish Squash is marking the month of May with a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health, and how squash can play a role in maintaining better mental health.

Squash the Stigma will draw on the stories and experiences of members of Scotland’s squash community by looking at how squash plays a role in their health and wellbeing.

From referees to volunteers, and club players to top level athletes, Squash the Stigma gives us the opportunity to remember that everyone has mental health.

We are keen for all squash players across Scotland to get involved in sharing their stories about squash, mental health and the role that “The Healthy Sport” plays in your life.

To take part, you can add your own squash story to our anonymous form, and we will highlight some of the submissions on our social media channels.

Squash is everyone’s game, and we love hearing stories about squash clubs coming together to support each other through good times and bad.

Everyone that picks up a squash racket in Scotland is part of the squash family, and by raising awareness of mental health this May, we hope that we can continue to squash the stigma around mental health.

Allan McKay, Scottish Squash Director of Development said: “We know the role that squash clubs play in their communities as welcoming spaces open to all.

“Squash is a sport with huge benefits for both physical and mental health, and our Squash the Stigma campaign aims to raise awareness of these, particularly in relation to mental health.

“Through highlighting these stories and raising awareness, we hope to give the Scottish squash community more confidence in talking about mental health, to make sure that everyone benefits from their time on court and in squash clubs.”

The campaign will kick off tonight at 9pm as we co-host sportscotland’s #SportHour on Twitter, with Mental Health the theme for May.

Keep an eye on the Scottish Squash website and social media channels for updates on the Squash the Stigma campaign, and remember to share your own experiences with mental health and squash by using this form.