I have volunteered for Mind in Harrow for two years now and it has really shaped me as a person. I had already spoken openly about my experiences on Sky News and at speeches for Mind, Young Minds and West London Mental Health Trust but that was talking about Depression and Anxiety, before I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.
The HeadsUp training really made me accept and be proud of my condition and my story of being admitted into Hospital through meeting such kind hearted and understanding people. I didn’t tell many people at University when I was in Hospital and shied away from the idea of being open about it until HeadsUp. Through the project I have built up my confidence and made a Mind family who I have tremendous respect for and can rely on if I ever become unwell. Presenting in schools alongside my now, friends has allowed me to grow as a person. Educating young people on mental illnesses is empowering and through their feedback I know we have all positively impacted many young people’s lives across Harrow.