Bonnyrigg lad cycles in memory of brother

Lewis Stevens, Bonnyrigg, who has done charity cycle in memory of his brother.
Lewis Stevens, Bonnyrigg, who has done charity cycle in memory of his brother.

Following the suicide deaths of his brother and friend, a Bonnyrigg student has cycled the length of Britain to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Lewis Stevens was left reeling when his brother Greg died by suicide in September last year. He was just 22 years old.

Eight months later he was dealt a second blow when a close pal also took his own life.

Determined to shatter the stigma of mental ill health in society, Lewis opted to cycle 920 miles, from John O’Groats to Lands End, in aid of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Just hours after completing his 10-day adventure on Saturday, the 20-year-old student told the Advertiser: “My brother Greg had a lot going for him but he became quite depressed and kept his problems to himself. There’s a massive stigma attached to mental ill health – people are unwilling to speak about it. We talk about cancer but not issues surrounding mental health. It’s just the way our society is.”

Read full story in the September 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.