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Mental Health: Awareness, Prevention and First Aid

Mental Health: Awareness, Prevention and First Aid

Scottish Student Sport are pleased to announce that the next edition of BiteSSSize Best Practice will take place on Tuesday 6th October (16:00 -17:00) and focus specifically on Mental Health: Awareness, Prevention and First Aid.


Tue, 10/06/2020 - 16:00

In Scotland 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health problem in their lifetime. While there has been increased understanding of poor mental health in recent years the instances have grown due to the unprecedented conditions we have been living through in 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has accentuated the scale of the problem, with universities and colleges urged to take on an important role in the wellbeing of students and staff.

The webinar will touch upon a variety of topics including; how to recognise signs of poor mental health, advice on how to support friends, families & teammates, the psychology behind mental health, best practice on preventative measures and what we mean by mental health first aid.

The session will be delivered the following panel, all of whom have a wide range of various knowledge and expertise when it comes to delivering on mental health.

Alban Dickson

Alban has worked in Student Unions since 2014, and as Sport Development Coordinator since 2017. Having completed his MSc in the Psychology of Sport at the University of Stirling he is also a Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist providing consultancy to, amongst others, Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport. His interest in mental health came from working and volunteering in various community-based projects alongside delivering the NHS Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid course. He is particularly interested in the role that context plays upon on a person’s wellbeing.

Scott Newby

Scott Newby, is the Managing Director of NewbyCore Consulting Limited, based in Edinburgh. NewbyCore work with organisations and individuals to improve performance, engagement and wellbeing. Scott’s passion is in relation to mental health and workplace wellbeing, and he has been on a mission to ensure that positive mental health is promoted and supported in every workplace in the UK. Scott has delivered First Aid for Mental Health training to hundreds of people over the last 18 months, to a variety of organisations and industries.

Sara Gandon

Sarah is the SSS Project Officer for the re-vamped Healthy Body Healthy Mind awards. She is also a Player Development Manager for the Netball Players Association and Head Coach of Glasgow University Netball Club. Through these and previously held roles, she has learned some key strategies to support the mental health of those that she is working with, to support herself, and to know where and when to go for additional advice. Always keen to learn more, Sarah has taken advantage of courses and webinars to increase her knowledge since taking on the HBHM Project in December 2019.


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