Having experienced poor mental health all my adult life and having received support from family, friends and mental health professionals I wanted to find a way to help others in a similar situation.
So in 2016 I joined the Insolvency Service’s Break the Stigma mental health network as its communication lead. In the 4yrs since its inception we have made great strides in improving the discussion around mental health within our organisation.
From the creation of a network of mental health first aiders (MHFA) to mental health awareness training to mindfulness sessions, the BtS network has achieved so much to improve our culture around the mental health discussion. The culmination was to be the runner-up in the Guardian’s Public Service award in the Wellbeing category.
Now as the BtS Vice-Chair and MHFA lead I am working with P&C colleagues in putting together the strands needed for our organisation to achieve the Mental Health at Work Commitment. This will help us to become a more inclusive employer for those experiencing poor mental health.