Where do you live?
I live in Broadstone, Dorset
What is your role within Dorset Mind Your Head?
I am a CYP Practitioner and Wellbeing Check-in volunteer
What led you to Dorset Mind?
I was aware of what a brilliant organisation Dorset Mind was. Over the years, I have fundraised for them, so when looking to help other individuals, through my personal experience and clinical psychology degree, I knew Dorset Mind was the right fit.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love theatre and dance. I also enjoy yoga, seeing my friends, knitting and walking my two dogs.
What is your story in relation to mental health?
My mental health journey began when I was 17 when I developed PTSD and an eating disorder. I have since accessed various mental health support. However, engaging in psychotherapy and DBT skills helped me manage my mental health. I also learnt how important it was to speak and use the support of my friends and family. I then decided to go to university to study clinical psychology and, I aim to utilise my lived experiences and knowledge to help others.
If you could give someone a piece of advice, what would it be?
It is more than okay to take a break. Sometimes the best way to support ourselves is to slow down and rest.
What is one self-care tip that you have found helpful?
Scheduling in specific times of the day for rest or enjoyable activities.