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Ross’ story…

I have been very fortunate over the years, in that I have been able to live and work in some incredible places with some amazing people both in the UK and abroad. I’ve experienced a wide range of roles in both hospitality and retail.

I have worked hard, developed my skills, adapted myself and have always strived to learn more. In return this has given me the strength and confidence to get to where I am today.

All of this has been achieved whilst battling mental health at different times of my life.

What are your interests/passions?

Rugby, photography, cooking and cider. I also have a springer spaniel called Ronnie who helps get me out walking to keep fit, I’m also a big fan of cycling and the gym.

How did you come to Dorset Mind?

Working at one of Dorset Mind’s charity partners, I wanted to learn more about mental health but also support them in other ways. Mental Health is very close to my heart and I believe in all Dorset Mind are trying to do.

Has anything changed in your life since becoming an ambassador?

I have met some incredible people, shared personal stories and made incredible friends. I have also grown the ability to not fear mental health but to embrace it and have the ability to support others as well as myself.

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

Probably in more ways than I can list, but one that stands out for me is giving me the information needed to be able to speak freely and openly about mental health.

I think the more people share and listen the better the understanding.

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

The drive for me is wanting to help others. Not only people that suffer from mental health, but being able to impart knowledge and understanding to people who don’t suffer.

I believe that with more of an understanding around the different forms of mental health the better the support network can be. And the more efficient help is, people won’t feel the need to NOT reach out for help and suffer in silence.

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

Talk. Reach out, take the courage to speak to a trusted friend, family or colleague. You won’t regret it, but feel so much better. This is the first step to getting help.

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