AUCHINLECK youngsters got mucky for mental health as they took part in an obstacle course to raise money for charity.

Secondary pupils teamed up with UWS students for Ayrshire to help Scots get better treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

The university students were tasked with planning an event as part of their course work, and jumped at the chance to raise money for SAMH while they were at it.

They chose to do get kids involved in a fitness challenge to show how sport can help improve more than just your physical health.

Auchinleck Academy was chosen after the scholars heard some pupils from the school had recently dealt with problems surrounding their mental health.

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There was seven organisers of the Mud Run which raised nearly £900 for charity and bagged the students an A for their event planning.

Both university and high school students got to work on their team building skills and communication in a hectic environment.

Everyone had to pitch in and help one another jump over the massive obstacles throughout the course.

One of the organisers Chloe said: “It was great we raised a lot of money and the atmosphere was really energetic.

“The pupils gave 100%  which was great I think they really enjoyed the day.

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“We chose to raise money for mental health because of recent issues we heard some of the teenagers were going through.

“We wanted to make it a stressfully intense course to link it in with mental health and how to cope with it.

“The idea was to show how sport and active fitness connects to managing these kinds of problems they might have been facing. 

“They spent hours in the mud but did a really good job, they had to do a 5K and work as a team which was good to see.”

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Around since 1923, SAMH currently operates over 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services, among others.

These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, sport and physical activity; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH operates over 60 services in communities across Scotland.

Their services are person centred and based on an ethos of recovery. 

For details of  local services get in touch on 0141 530 1000, available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.