Mind in Harrow has empowered me to own my lived experience
HeadsUp Youth Wellbeing Trainer, Volunteer, Trustee
I am a mixed race, queer, mentally ill young woman with multiple diagnoses who has lived in Harrow all her life. Needless to say life hasn’t always been easy, but all of these aspects of my identity have helped to shaped me into the woman I am today able to help so many others thanks to the support that I have received from Mind in Harrow over the past 4 years.
I have been involved with Mind in Harrow’s youth wellbeing project since 2016 and in this time I have become an accredited youth wellbeing trainer, facilitated over 100 workshops, co-trained 3 co-horts of other trainers, created & produced social media content and become a Trustee of Mind in Harrow, representing Young People’s voice on the board.
Mind in Harrow has empowered me to own my lived experience and to realise that going through all these difficulties meant that I would be able to help others going through similar experiences. What really drives me is thinking of my younger self and how much I would have loved this support myself, and this gives me the courage to share my experiences. And I think that it is beautiful that something that was so difficult for me can and has become something empowering for myself and others.