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Barbara Montagna – CYP Counselling & Wellbeing Check-in Team Leader

Barbara Montagna – CYP Counselling & Wellbeing Check-in Team Leader

Where do you live?

I live in Poole, Dorset

What is your role within Dorset Mind Your Head?

I am the CYP Team Leader for the Counselling and Wellbeing Check-In Service

What led you to Dorset Mind?

Having worked in Student Services in Higher Education for the last 20 years, I recently qualified as a counsellor; I wanted to find a job where I can continue to use my skills and knowledge to make a real difference to the mental health of young people in Dorset. This is why I was drawn to work at Dorset Mind, where I can support our dedicated counsellors and volunteers, as well as working along side an inspirational team of colleagues who share my values.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love walking in the forest and at the beach with my labradoodle, Freddy, meeting up with friends, reading a good book and doing crafts.

What is your story in relation to mental health?

I have lived with anxiety for much of my life, and whilst I have developed strategies to manage this, I have had counselling to work through difficult times. During an extended period of time signed off work due to stress and anxiety, I had time to look at my work-life balance and realised I needed to prioritise my self-care. It doesn’t always come easily, but I now try to look after my mental health as much as my physical health.

If you could give someone a piece of advice, what would it be?

Self-care is not selfish, it’s essential. Be kind to yourself.

What is one self-care tip that you have found helpful?

Try finding one thing to photograph each day that catches your eye.

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