For mental health week, what is one thing you think everyone should be talking about?
This Mental Health week we should be normalising that mental health isn't linear.
Managing your mental health is a journey and some weeks are easier than others.
If you're making an active effort to support your mental health and you have a week where things don't go to plan and your strategies don't work as well as they usually do, that doesn't mean you have failed or let everyone down.
You're still trying and that's all that matters.
What drives you in your work within the mental health space?
I believe that every child deserves a childhood.
We are seeing more young people suffering with their own mental health than ever before and they are getting younger and younger.
We should be creating spaces where our children and young people feel safe and supported.
This is one of the driving factors in the work that I do at Little Dreamers.
What are some practices or routines you use to help maintain your mental health?
I am one of the worst when it comes to supporting my own mental health and this is something I am actively working on at the moment.
I try to exercise in some form most days, I practice active mindfulness through colouring and paint by numbers and I reach out to my friends to let them know if I am having a tough day or week.
What advice would you give to someone that might be struggling with their mental wellbeing?
Reach out for help.
It can be incredibly daunting to tell someone, even a close friend or family member, that you're struggling or just having a ‘dark day’.
There are lots of ways to let someone know that you aren't feeling 100% yourself without asking for them to fix anything.
Sometimes just having someone there to check in on you, or picking up the phone to talk through something can make a world of difference. It definitely does for me.
If you or someone you know needs help:
Story: Caleb Scanlon