Becky Ledden

Becky is a twenty one year old student from Dorset, where she has just finished her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bournemouth University. She is continuing to do her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in September. Additionally, she works part-time as a health care assistant at Poole General Hospital, specifically in the outpatients department. She has also participated in a large amount of work experience including a nursing home, a school for disabled children, and in the elderly wards at Poole Hospital to improve the well-being of dementia patients.

Although her work experience and studies have emphasised her interest in mental health, her passion for this area stems from her own personal experiences, as many of her immediate family have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and severe depression. This is why she is extremely passionate about promoting mental health awareness and why she also aims to complete a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in order to be able to help those who are in need of it.

This passion is what led her to focus her final year dissertation project on promoting mental health. The project specifically focused on investigating student and teacher perception of the importance of mental health education, which reiterated her original feelings about how important mental health education actually is.

Becky’s goal is to be able to utilize the skills and experience she has gained alongside Dorset Mind, in order to improve awareness of mental health, increase communication around mental health, and be able to support those who need guidance in our local area.