Olympic gold-winning cyclist is ambassador for mental health
OLYMPIC hero Chris Hoy is today named as Scotland's first ambassador for mental health.
The cycling champion, who received a knighthood in the New Year Honours, will give his backing to the mental health charity SAMH.
Charity chiefs hope the support of the Edinburgh sportsman will help break down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
Speaking from his training camp in Australia, Hoy, who won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, said: "Mental health and physical health work hand in hand. While achieving three gold medals in Beijing was made physically possible by years of training, my mental health was critical to realising my dream.
"Everyone needs to appreciate the importance of good mental health, and know how to stay mentally healthy."
Billy Watson, SAMH's chief executive, said: "Chris's achievements are an inspiration to a nation. Mental health affects everyone but remains an issue people often find the most difficult to talk about.
"With Chris's support and genuine commitment to SAMH and mental health, we seek to reach out further than ever before to raise awareness, ensure support is available and break through the stigma barriers."
As well as campaigning and providing information, SAMH delivers community care services throughout Scotland.
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