Meet Heads Together and Row: Toby Gould
6 December 2018
Seeing family members, colleagues and close friends struggle with their mental health has made Heads Together and Row skipper Toby Gould determined to complete the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018.
“I’ve had some minor brushes myself which I wouldn’t really describe as a mental illness but I’ve certainly recognised those challenges, and I’ve seen others really shy away from talking to anybody, afraid of the stigma,” he said.
“I just really hope that we can create a lot of awareness around it and help people speak more openly about mental health.”
As Deputy Head of London Resilience at London Fire Brigade, the 39-year-old is involved in the response to major incidents in the capital.
The father-of-one usually rows to relax, and his amateur rowing career highlights include two 100-mile rows for charity, two ‘fastest in class’ wins in the Great River Race, and in 2014 stepping in at short notice to row from Belgium to Kent, helping the Salt Row crew to raise over £50,000 for good causes.
He said: “It might seem like a big leap from rowing 100 miles inland or crossing the Channel to taking on 3,000 miles of the Atlantic, but for me it seemed like the logical next step!”
Toby says the race will be the hardest challenge he has ever completed in his life, but he is also looking forward to being part of Henley Business School’s research into individual and team resilience.
“The opportunity to do a research project that looks at our resilience through the race and investigates both mental health and physical health aspects is all we really could have hoped for,” he added.
Henley Business School is working with Heads Together and Row on a research project looking at individual and team resilience. Click here to find out more.