Battling Mental Health with Entrepreneurship & Tech with Aidan Scott – 002

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Podcast

Subscribe on: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify

It was really eye opening to understand not only the immense determination and perseverance that someone like Aidan has had throughout his life, but the reality of mental health for all entrepreneurs. We talk about topics like Aidan’s upbringing, and how the system had failed throughout his experience with mental health, how Speakbox is ultimately helping people to access and control their care, and how entrepreneurs should take note of how real this can be for us.

About Aidan Scott

Aidan is the co-founder and CEO of Speakbox, a technology startup on a mission to create a world with unobstructed access to health. He is a speaker, an educator, and a supporter of improving the mental health support systems for everyone, regardless of level of care. From a Tedx talk to running a health technology startup, he’s using personal experience and evidence based approaches to create large-scale impact.

Find Aidan


Email: aidan(at)speakbox(dot)ca

Find Speakbox


Twitter: @hi_speakbox

Everything We Talked About in This Episode

[2:27] How Speakbox is battling a data flow deficiency in mental health

[4:19] Why health startups are usually on a slower journey, not because of effort

[5:37] Where the mental health journey started for Aidan

[7:14] Major problems with the current care system for mental health

[8:10] Mental health is especially difficult for men, we don’t talk about our feelings

[10:13] Reference to team members:

[11:17] Just as though working through mental health takes time, so does starting a healthcare company

[13:00] How taking a step back, and starting to care about the system and other people helped Aidan get out of his own head

[15:20] How Speakbox has evolved and how failing slow at the beginning was kind of painful

[16:20] “Entrepreneurship has taught me humility and humbleness to ask a lot of questions”

[17:37] The hurdles with getting public engagement for a mental health initiative, and the medical system’s acceptance

[21:25] How did the healthcare system work for you or not work for you?

[27:31] Will we ever get to a point where the majority of people are totally open to talking about mental health?

[31:04] Social media’s role in mental health and how we should be careful

[34:58] Reference to Aidan’s article: How to Improve Mental Health in Startups

[37:57] We need founders to be more open with their process

[43:22] Diving into the Speakbox app features and where it’s going

[51:12] Aidan’s advice for other entrepreneurs

  • Get into a person-centred mindset – get feedback
  • Stay healthy, don’t break yourself while trying to do good work

[55:57] Reference to BJ Fogg, Professor at Stanford and Author of Tiny Habits

The Difference Between Sound and Noise

The Difference Between Sound and Noise

A sound is simply a movement of energy in the world - just a happening. When we label something a sound, it has no other connotation. However, when we label something a noise, it's a sound that we’ve decided is undesirable. It's amazing how we do this with nearly...

It’s Time We Talk About Adapting to Climate Change

It’s Time We Talk About Adapting to Climate Change

As I sit at my brothers house for the 6th day in a row, I wonder how well humanity is actually dealing with climate change. We've been evacuated from our home in West Kelowna, and the wildfires are still raging through the city. I'm not referring to the long-term...

Specialists and Generalists

Specialists and Generalists

I used to think I was scattered and inconsistent. That I was less worthy because I have tried many things and didn't hyper-specialize in one thing. But now I know that's bullsh*t. The world needs specialists, and it needs generalists - here's why. The problems we face...

A Clouded Heart Can’t Change The World

A clouded heart craves happiness but will never kiss the sunAnd even the noblest intentions continue casting shadowOnly through seeing with a pure heart will one find peaceWhere the light is not sought, but radiates with ease In this, one mustn’t expel effort to...

Rise With Randomness

In the randomness we writhe And yet chaos breeds a time That we cannot merely run from But can actually build our home on. When we run from disorder We forget the chance to be the sorter, To be the one who surfs with the waves Instead of the drown one, we can save....