The day before the launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival in Paisley Town Hall, George Adam, MSP for Paisley, asked the Scottish Governments Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, what research the government had conducted on whether there is a relationship between obesity and mental health. The Minister noted the importance of the link and outlined the steps taken by the government to address this issue in the new mental health strategy, published by the government in August.
Commenting, George said, “Today [27/9/12] I am attending the launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. I thought it would be the right time to ask the question of the government, finding out what they are doing to promote a more active lifestyle amongst people with mental health conditions. I was pleased to hear that in the new mental health strategy, the government gave a commitment to work with the NHS boards and other partners to support a range of measures to help people with severe and enduring mental illness to improve their physical ability levels.
‘I am very happy to have the launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival in Paisley, as hopefully this festival, like it did last year, will get people who suffer from mental health issues out and about, attending many of the wonderful events, and in turn, getting more physical activity. Attending many of the events last year, I talked too many who suffered with mental health problems, and they were thrilled to have this festival, which allowed them to get out and see events specific to there issues.
‘With the Scottish Governments commitment to help improve the physical ability levels of people with metal health issues, and the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival offering it own unique events, I truly hope we can help many to improve there physical health, while also having fun and gaining more confidence to become more active.