#LetsTalk: Sports Performance & Mental Health: Transferable skills?

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Lecture Theatre G.03

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EH8 9JU

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As part of The University of Edinburgh's Mental Health & Wellbeing Week (11-15 November), we are delighted to bring to you another instalment of our #LetsTalk series, and a chance to re-live our sold out 2018 event.

Join Sports' Champions Scott Hastings, former International Rugby Union player, and Jenny Davis, Commonwealth Cycling medalist, to hear them talk about their experiences of sports and positive mental health. Kevin McGhee will also share his experiences of how recovery from severe depression led to improved golfing success. Dr Alastair Dobbin will talk about his research on how memory can help recovery. Hosted by The Foundation for Positive Mental Health in partnership with The University of Edinburgh Sports Union, the evening aims to shed light on the similarities of mental resilience techniques and how this can help us in sports and everyday life.

This event is completely FREE, so please ensure you spread the word and share details with your family, friends, colleagues, classmates, and fellow club members!

NOTE: The event is being live streamed on The University of Edinburgh Sports Union Facebook page.




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Scott Hastings is a successful freelance broadcaster and commentator with Sky Sports, ITV, STV, and BBC covering all of the principal rugby events worldwide. Scott’s media coverage includes the 6 Nations Championship, The Rugby World Cup, The Commonwealth Games, World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series, The European Champions Cup and The Guinness Pro 12.

A former Scottish Internationalist and Captain of the Scotland Sevens team, Scott retired from the game in 1997 to focus entirely on his burgeoning media career.

Complementary to his TV work, Scott teamed-up with older brother and fellow internationalist, Gavin, in a sports’ hospitality and sponsorship initiative, Hastings’ International (now named Hi Events Ltd) attracting such prestigious clients as BT, who were sufficiently convinced by his professionalism that they provided sponsorship to Scottish Rugby for seven successful years.

In addition to Scott’s broadcasting and corporate hospitality commitments, he still makes time to undertake public speaking engagements at sports and charitable events and give motivational talks on leadership and teamwork to major corporate organisations throughout the country.

Jenny Davis is a former Team Scotland & GB black belt judo player turned tracker sprint cyclist. Represented Team Scotland at 2010 Commonwealth Games winning a silver medal & 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Retired in 2016 after recovering from a nasty training accident which took 6 months to recover physically and over 12 months to recover mentally. In the meantime whilst racing I took the principles of Margin Gains and 80/20 learned from sport and my BSc Health Psychology studies and applied them to the workplace eventually moving into change leadership and consulting for Standard Life Aberdeen and SSE with specialities in continuous improvement and culture change.

Kevin McGhee is a serving Police officer based in Edinburgh. He has battled depression for a number of years which almost cost him his life in August 2014. Since that event, he has used the tools and techniques contained within the Positive Mental Health programme to turn his life around. By building up his mental resilience, coupled with the use of visualisation techniques, he credits the programme with going a long way to aiding his recovery and to sporting success on an amateur level! Kevin has spoken at several PMH events and is a keen supporter of the charity.




If you have any questions at all with regards to this event, please e-mail Michael (Michael.Webster@ed.ac.uk) or Sheila (sheila@foundationforpositivementalhealth.com).

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