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Maddie’s story…

I’m 21, I’m Bournemouth born & bred. I work in Digital Marketing so I’ve always been really interested in technology.

What are your interests/passions?

My interests & passions stretch quite far from relaxing, watching TV & playing video games, to long walks & spending time with my animals.

How did you come to Dorset Mind?

I’ve had an understanding of mental health & surrounding issues from a young age from personal & close friends/family experiences which is why I’ve been so eager to help Dorset Mind. I first approached Dorset Mind as I was organising a charity event. ‘Get Your Shirt Together’ takes place once a year on Blue Monday. It’s a Hawaiian dress-up day with the aim to encourage smiles throughout the working day. I also wanted to encourage vital conversations surrounding mental health in the workplace where it can sometimes be challenging to talk about. A plus side of my event is that it has been very successful in fundraising for Dorset Mind, which is why I initially contacted them.

Has anything changed in your life since becoming an ambassador?

Since becoming an ambassador I have had the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people & I can’t wait for all the future opportunities coming my way alongside Dorset Mind.

Has Dorset Mind helped you in any way, if so how?

Being an ambassador at Dorset Mind has also encouraged me to be more open about my own mental health & immensely helped boost my confidence levels

What do you hope to achieve in your role, in your life, what’s driving you?

Audiences I’m particularly interested in talking to about mental health ranges from younger to older people, to business owners really. Firstly younger people as I was young when myself and my friends were struggling with mental health. It can feel really confusing, like no one can really help – so I think it’s important to reach this audience. Older people; because I don’t feel like they need educating but I think they need listening to if they’re struggling. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding the older generation and mental health. Finally, business owners; because it’s really important to me that my place of work is good for my mental health. I spend 40 hours a week at work. If I’m struggling mentally, I need to know I can talk to someone and have what I say matter. I think a basic knowledge of mental health issues is essential for a business leader.

In my role as an ambassador I simply want to help. Dorset Mind, Schools, Individuals, Businesses – if I can help anyone, I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.

If you had one piece of advice you could tell someone about how to improve their mental health, what would it be?

It can be hard to give advice for improving mental health because everyone’s so different & this must always be bared in mind. It may look like someone’s doing better than you but you don’t always know that. A glass of water, a good night’s rest & some fresh air can go a long way. Be proud of small achievements.

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