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Mental Health Awareness Week: Jan’s key role at World Indoors

Mental Health Awareness Week: Jan's key role at World Indoors

Tuesday 14th May 2024

scottishathletics and SAMH (Scottish Action for Mental Health) are now into the eighth year of partnership.

During that period our work together has evolved significantly. SAMH’s influence across the sporting sector in Scotland continues to grow and make an impact.

Check out some of that success here via our scottishathletics and SAMH impact document.

Earlier this year, SAMH was announced as the official charity partner of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

SAMH provided all event staff and volunteers with mental health and wellbeing training and resources to contribute towards the delivery of a mentally healthy event.

scottishathletics official, Jan Gammage, was one of 400 volunteers at the Championships and took on the additional responsibility of being a ‘Mental Health Champion‘ during the event.

Firstly, how was your experience volunteering at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow?

My volunteering experience was as part of the training team based at Scotstoun Stadium. Our team included volunteers, a technical official, event staff, security staff, and facility staff.

Our job was to support the athletes and coaches during their training. Observing athletes at such a high level during their training sessions was fascinating to watch. The environment was informal and friendly.

There were some challenges due to it being a shared facility with Glasgow Warriors Rugby, however good communication helped to address any concerns.

Prior to our training sessions finishing young athletes from VP-Glasgow arrived at Scotstoun. This was incredibly inspirational for these young athletes to watch world class athletes training – what an experience for them.

Jan Gammage with members of the World Indoors group and joined by Robert Nesbitt of SAMH (second from left at back)

You had a really important role at the Championships as a Mental Health Champion, tell us more about what that entailed?

I was involved early on in the selection process for the volunteers as a Volunteer Ambassador. During the selection process everyone had a presentation from Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH).

I facilitated a table at these sessions and the discussion as part of the presentation was incredibly open and honest. There was no pressure to contribute. The aim of these sessions was to raise awareness of mental health and the role this has to play within sport. The recognition that we…

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