As part of our campaign to raise further awareness around mental health, and in particular anxiety, we’ve spoken to RUCST’s Health and Wellbeing co-ordinator Hollie Webb about her story, her experiences, and her passion around delivering mental health projects and making a difference for our participants.
Hollie shares her story:
“Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve experienced my own challenges with mental health. Throughout my teenage years I suffered with severe disordered eating, I’ve had (and continue to have) issues with low self-esteem and I also live with generalised anxiety disorder, something that’s been managed with anti-depressants for the past two years.
“I’ve received counselling at various points in my life for all these experiences, something which I’m incredibly grateful for.
“I don’t have any issue talking about my experience with mental health, including medication and counselling.
“Everybody has mental health and everybody will experience low periods, of varying severity, throughout their lives. It’s nothing to be ashamed about.
“It’s my hope that by talking about my experience it will help to remove stigma, and encourage others to feel more comfortable sharing their own stories and reaching out for help if/when they need.
“I also find that if I’m open about my own experiences, our participants can often relate to some of what they’re feeling, having been through similar myself.
“My personal experience makes working across our mental health provision even more rewarding.
“We offer a variety of sessions each week that are specifically targeted at improving and promoting mental wellbeing, through providing a safe, welcoming environment for people to chat, socialise and exercise.
“We also provide bespoke 1:1 mental health support to those who need it most, through various services including social prescribing. I feel privileged to work in a role that allows me to help and support others, and I love seeing participants flourish week on week.”
For mental health support and guidance visit: Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 | Mental Health Foundation