Hi my name is Becky and I am twenty two years old.
I have completed both my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology at Bournemouth University. Eventually, I hope to complete my doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
I have recently secured a job as a Parent Support Practitioner in CAMHs in Poole. Alongside this I work as an honorary assistant psychologist at Salisbury District Hospital in their clinical psychology department.
I have considerable work experience in the care sector that includes working as a nursing assistant at Poole General Hospital. I’ve also worked in a nursing home, a school for disable children and in the elderly wards at Poole Hospital helping to improve the well-being of dementia patients.
Becky’s reason for being an ambassador…
Although my work and studies have developed my interest in mental health, my passion for helping within this area comes from my own personal experience. Many of my family members have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and severe depression, including my mum. So I have witnessed how effective support is and that is why I am so passionate about promoting mental health awareness.
My studies, work experience and personal experience are what led me to join Dorset Mind. I originally joined through Bournemouth University, as they are extremely passionate about promoting mental health awareness. From that I got stuck straight in with the amazing work that Dorset Mind is doing. I wanted to help Dorset Mind as an ambassador as I loved the work they were doing, especially in the range of groups that they have.
My work with Dorset Mind
I have been involved in developing a way of measuring outcomes for Dorset Mind’s support groups. This focused on editing the methods Dorset Mind were already using and creating an easier way to see how well people are doing in the groups. I also originally did a lot of work with the Active in Mind group. This included measuring outcomes of the groups, creating case studies of some of the people who come to Active in Mind, and generally helping out.
I also love joining in with fundraising, which normally involves me talking at events. I spoke at the 2016 World Mental Health Day event at Rick Stein, Sandbanks, and also in that year ‘Christmas on your Mind.’
I share my personal experiences with mental health when I speak and also about my final year degree dissertation.
My undergraduate final year project specifically focused on investigating student and teacher perception of the importance of mental health education. This naturally led to my involvement with Dorset Mind’s school presentations during Mental Health Awareness week in May 2017. We spoke to a range of children about what mental health is and how it affects people differently. I shared my experience of mental health, and why it is so important to raise awareness. I hope to develop this further with the work that Dorset Mind are now starting with their youth services.
My main goals to achieve alongside the amazing people at Dorset Mind are to firstly improve awareness of mental health. I want to increase communication around mental health, and be able to support people who need guidance in our local area.