16/06/2021 01:00 PM  to  16/06/2021 02:00 PM


Lunch and Learn with James Gwinnett

To mark Men's Health Week, our Lunch and Learn session welcomes James Gwinnett, who will share insights on how men can open-up about their mental health. James will explore how building resilience to take on physical challenges can be applied to everyday life and he will encourage others to develop healthy habits and use goal setting to fulfil their potential.

James shares his remarkable story of how after breaking his neck playing rugby, he fell into a dark spiral of alcoholism and depression, and at a particularly low ebb found himself sleeping rough. Weighing in at 17-stone and towering 6ft5 high, James described himself as a larger-than-life individual both in charisma and stature on and off the semi-professional rugby pitch. The serious neck injury sustained playing the game he loved changed all that, stripping him of his 'macho' identity and his disciplined routine.

Redemption came through exercise, and James is now a serial endurance runner, pushing his body and mind to the limits on increasingly arduous and epic challenges. Many will recognise James from his stint on Channel 4's brutal Special Forces training show SAS: Who Dares Wins, and in September he took on his first 100mile, single-day event, finishing in the top 50. James is with us fresh from his most recent challenge in March which saw him run 250km in five days to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

James will be joined by host, Professor and Dean of Applied Sciences Gary Hutchison.

Please note this event is open to Edinburgh Napier staff and students only, and you will need your napier.ac.uk account to access the webinar - register via Eventbrite.

This event will be recorded.