A former Special Forces soldier, who cycled from Argentina to Alaska, is a keynote speaker at an Aberdeen event to promote a better understanding of mental health.
Dean Stott, who now lives in Aberdeen, was one of the first army members to join the Special Boat Service and during 16 years distinguished military service he was deployed in many hostile environments and involved in counter-terrorism operations.
He saw first-hand how mental health issues within the military affected some of his colleagues and realised the importance of raising awareness to help those suffering in silence.
On retiring from the military he set two Guinness World Records when cycling the 14,000 mile Pan American Highway and he continues to live by the Special Forces’ ethos of “the unrelenting pursuit of excellence”.
Dean helped raise £1m on the extreme cycle challenge for eight charity partners of the mental health campaign Heads Together, which is supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the former Duke of Sussex, Harry.
Joining Dean at the This is Me Scotland event, at Pinsent Masons’ Queen’s Road office on Wednesday 11 March, is Kate Hinder of Business in the Community, who have published a report on the state of mental health at work in Scotland.
This is Me is a pioneering mental health campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma and dispel the myths around mental health in the workplace and to raise awareness about positive wellbeing.
By bringing together businesses of all shapes and sizes to change the narrative around mental health, This is Me can make a real difference to the lives and improve mental health in the workplace by encouraging employees to share their stories.
Joining Pinsent Masons speakers at the event will be representatives from Barclays, Gartner, EY and PwC. The event is free but as tickets are limited attendees must register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-is-me-scotland-aberdeen-launch-tickets-90277836439