I was first introduced to Young Somerset when I needed help with my own mental health, and that is how I became involved with the organisation. I was introduced to my wellbeing practitioner and was immediately able to create a bond and start working on myself. I was made to feel welcomed and listened to, making it significantly easier for me to talk about how I was feeling and find ways to counteract these negative feelings filling my mind. After a few months of sessions I came out having learnt how to understand how I was feeling and why I was feeling that way, and also having learnt techniques to calm my anxiety and make it so it didn’t rule my days and decisions.
Once I finished my sessions, I was offered the opportunity to become a part of the Young Somerset team. I am currently involved in the social media side to the organisation being a WellBeing Champion. Each week we are given a theme and then we produce content to go out. By doing this it not only allows me to get thinking about these different topics, but it also allows me to share my insight into them; and by doing this I hope I am able to offer a little bit of advice or support to anyone out there who may be struggling, to let them know they’re not alone with how they feel.
I am also currently in the process of applying to be a Hub Buddy within Young Somerset. This is a new role that has been created and it will allow me to gain more insight and experience with how the organisation works. In the future my aim is to work with a mental health organisation and meet and talk to young people to help find and give them the best support possible. So this role would allow me to talk to young people and help point them in the right direction for their troubles and help them feel less alone. Having my own journey with my mental health, one that I’m still on, has made me become passionate about helping others and trying to help them feel less alone like I once did with my emotions.
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