Ending stigma

A BUSINESS-backed drive to improve mental well-being at work was in the spotlight in the Scottish Parliament last night.

More than 20 businesses and organisations, including PwC, Barclays, Businesses in the Community Scotland, SAMH and Samaritans Scotland have put their weight behind This Is Me Scotland. It aims to change perceptions of mental health by encouraging businesses to follow guidelines aimed at nurturing discussion and support.

Standard Life Aberdeen, Edrington and Prudential have signed up the campaign since its launch in October. Scottish health minister Clare Haughey said: “I welcome this action being taken by This Me Scotland to reduce the stigma and discrimination which can be associated with mental health in the workplace. Across Scotland we are determined to ensure people can get the right help at the right time.”

Go the distance

THE early days of Edinburgh tech firm Brainnwave were based on a long-distance relationship.

Co-founder and technology chief Graham Jones was residing in Australia when he got the call from social entrepreneur Steve Coates to get involved in the venture.

Mr Coates recalled: “The first investment call we had to get the first round of money in, it was the middle of the night for him (Mr Jones) at a ski resort in Melbourne!

“It was the most bizarre start. He has since moved over, and we are based in Edinburgh now.”


THE sky would seem to be limit for Richard Blanski, an associate at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors.

When he is not at his desk or behind the theodolite, Mr Blanski is a member of Glenrothes Aeromodelling Club and a civilian instructor at 859 Dalgety Bay Squadron, where he teaches cadets to fly radio control model aircraft. He also teaches how to build and maintain the aircraft, and is a flying instructor with the ATC regional RC training team. We suspect surveying does not provide the same adrenaline rush.