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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08588: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to further support the physical activity programme developed by SAMH.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 27 April 2017

The ALBA (Active Living Becomes Achievable) programme, a collaboration between the Scottish Government and SAMH, will build on the well-established links between physical activity and improved mental wellbeing, and includes partnership working with Leisure Trusts in three targeted areas (Fife, North Ayrshire and West Lothian).

The ALBA programme is already underway, with the first cohort of individuals joining the programme in Fife in early 2017. Leisure providers in North Ayrshire and West Lothian are expected to start working with participants in Summer 2017.

The Scottish Government has invested nearly £1m (£992,000) in this programme to encourage people with mental health problems to become more physically active.