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Gemma Walbridge – Coordination And Administration Assistant

Gemma Walbridge – Coordination and Administration Assistant

Where do you live? 

I live in the lovely town of Dorchester in Dorset.

What is your role within Dorset Mind Your Head? 

I am a placement student working as a co-ordination and administration assistant through the DMYH services and team.

What led you to Dorset Mind? 

I was searching for a placement opportunity that allowed me to help support local people’s mental health and wellbeing and I really wanted to work with children as well. The DMYH team offered such a great opportunity to get involved with all of this.

What are your interests outside of work? 

I am a bit of a jack of all trades since I seem to try a new hobby almost every week. Some of my recent activities include learning Spanish, reading Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice (my favourite book) and binge watching Netflix!

What is your story in relation to mental health? 

I am a studying for a degree in Psychology and a big part of what drew me to the DMYH team was my passion for mental health support and awareness. It was through my own, friends and families’ experiences and struggles that I started to understand how important it is to look after our wellbeing. I love to speak about mental health to help raise awareness and make sure people who may be experiencing a mental health challenge do not feel alone.

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

If you are scared to do something, it is probably the thing you need to do! Don’t be afraid to take chances and experience as much as you can.

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

Sleep seems to make such a huge difference to my mood. Anyone who speaks to me in the morning after I went to bed late will know this! So, I try to get a good night’s sleep by making sure I wind down after the day’s work with a good book or a cup of herbal tea.

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