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Kara Leatherbarrow – CYP Practitioner & Wellbeing Check-in Volunteer

Kara Leatherbarrow – CYP Practitioner & Wellbeing Check-in Volunteer

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.

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