Introducing our new SiMS Ambassadors SUPPORT in Mind Scotland is delighted to unveil its first batch of volunteer Ambassadors - Scott Hastings, Jenny Hastings, Nicole Ross and Dane Thomson - who will champion mental health on our behalf and support the aims and work of our charity. The quartet are dedicated to improving services and rights for people living with mental ill health and, drawing on their own personal experiences, have demonstrated passion and commitment through their involvement with Support in Mind Scotland. We hope to name more Ambassadors in future in a bid to grow the profile and reach of our organisation. Here is an introduction to our first four Ambassadors... Scott Hastings About me I am a former Scotland and British & Irish Lion rugby union player who has been married to Jenny for 26 years. I realise the importance of exercise and well being and I support Jenny in her charitable work. What Support in Scotland means to Jenny and I We are delighted to become Ambassadors to the charity Support in Mind Scotland. We hope that we can continue to raise the profile of mental health; to challenge the stigma around this condition and to provide valuable support to those that suffer from mental health problems or mental illness and the serious impact that it has on their life and on the lives of others, including family members, friends and supporters. Jenny Hastings About me I am a mother of two and I have suffered from bouts of mental ill health over a period of 20 years. I am a keen supporter of Support in Mind Scotland and I have spoken openly to the media about my condition. I recently ran 100 streets as part of Support in Mind Scotland's 1 in 100 campaign. What Support in Scotland means to Scott and I We are delighted to become Ambassadors to the charity Support in Mind Scotland. We hope that we can continue to raise the profile of mental health; to challenge the stigma around this condition and to provide valuable support to those that suffer from mental health problems or mental illness and the serious impact that it has on their life and on the lives of others, including family members, friends and supporters. Nicole Ross About Me I currently live and work as a full time estate agent in Shawlands, Glasgow. Outside of work I spend a lot of time at the gym, it's my favourite thing to do to relax and unwind. My fundraising challenge for support in mind Scotland consisted of 21 days in a row at the gym so that's something I'm extremely proud to have committed to. What Support in Mind Scotland means to me Support in Mind Scotland really does mean a lot to me, I had no connection to the charity prior to the Miss Scotland competition but when I did my research when finding my chosen charity it was the perfect one! Due to my own experiences with mental health I knew when I read on the services they provide it was something that is essential to helping others who suffer and their families too. It provides guidance to those who really do need it and for me it just couldn't go unnoticed. I wanted to be a positive connection to the charity hopefully providing some light for anyone in need. Dane Thomson About me• Active Third Sector supporter, Proud Member and Board Member of Support in Mind Scotland• PR and Marketing background. Employed with AM Bid Services• Regular blogger covering topics such as Mental Health in employment as well as allowing charities and local businesses to guest blog on my blog to share their exciting news and key messages What Support in Mind means to me Support in Mind Scotland have played a pivotal role in my life. Both personally and professionally. Professionally, they gave me my shot at my first Communications role. I was their Social Media intern back in 2012/2013. and was invited back specifically to work on their ‘Place of Safety’ project. This project specifically involved speaking to vulnerable people about their experience of custody as a place of safety during difficulties with their mental health. We gathered groundbreaking anecdotes to take to NHS Lothian in the form of a report. My first ever published report I co-wrote. During my time of unemployment, Support in Mind Scotland were so supportive of me both as cheerleaders in person as well as on their social media (I recommend you give them a wee follow on Twitter @suppinmindscot). They personally invited me to key mental health policy shaping days to both learn and network with key people who could help me both personally (as I was struggling with my own mental health – specifically low mood then) and professionally, as I was hard at work looking for work. Personally, having Support in Mind Scotland in my life has been a blessing. They are the most down to earth, approachable and caring team you will ever meet. I’ve had some very difficult days, but a cup of tea with them has sorted me out. They continue to be there for me.