I first got involved with Mind in Harrow after more than a year of accessing various employment services in Harrow. Nobody seemed to be able to help me, so when an advisor at Bentley House mentioned an employment project happening at Mind, I thought “What’s to lose!”
Started working with Estelle at Mind in Harrow, who helped ease me into the idea of work. We didn’t work together for very long but she knew I was interested in peer support-related roles and told me about the Heads Up project.
I was not in a very good place mentally so was very hesitant about becoming involved in what I assumed would be a demanding voluntary role. But Estelle persuaded me to speak with Emily, the project lead, and she was so encouraging that I found my anxieties about involvement were put to rest. She said I could be as involved as I liked, so I decided to help ‘behind the scenes’.