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Where do you live?

 I live in Ringwood  

What are you studying?

I am studying psychology at Bournemouth University. It is a challenging but very interesting and rewarding subject.  

What are your interests inside and outside of studying?

I have two main areas of interest in my studies, firstly dementia and how it impacts the person and those around them. I find it very interesting how not all areas of the brain are affected in the same way, and how these impairments go on to affect more than the person themselves. To me it’s important to study due to seeing first-hand the impact it has on peoples lives. I also have a massive interest in educational psychology and all areas that surround the wellbeing of children in schools. Being able to understand why and how people learn in a different way and learning this involves interacting in the world in an alternative way is important for everyone to understand, as it can help people become more compassionate.  

Outside my studies I have always had a massive interest in art. No matter where I go I love to go into museums and see how art has evolved through history but more importantly I really enjoy getting to create something myself. I mainly enjoy just using a pencil to draw portraits of people as I feel you can really get to know someone and all their tiny details you my otherwise ignore. It is a good way to focus on just one thing and clear your mind. Travelling is something I have always enjoyed doing, getting out and exploring can be so much fun. Even though travelling abroad is something I want to do much more of, discovering places here in the UK is just as exciting. Especially when its mainly unplanned and discovering things by accident.  

What are your hopes and ambitions for the future?

I hope to one day become an educational psychologist to help those who get looked over and don’t receive the help and support they deserve. I also hope to make some level of difference in the area of mental health. Whether this is through helping just one person understand thy are not alone in whatever struggle they are going through, or by helping to break part of the stigma that surrounds mental health in general.  

Whats your story in relation to mental health?  

I myself have experienced what it is like to live with a mental health illness and have seen it through those closest to me also experiencing it for many years. Everyone had their good and there bad days, and I think it is important to recognise when you are experiencing both. All most people want when experiencing either of those days is to feel heard and valid in their feelings. Hopefully through becoming a Dorset Mind young ambassador, I can help show from a young age looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health.  

If you could give someone a piece of advice what would it be

Never change who you are to suit anybody. You are special and unique, which makes you amazing. Never give up on yourself as even the smallest steps made make a difference. Be empowered by just being you.  

Tips, self-care, what you’ve found helpful

I find just doing what makes you happy really helps. If you love immersing yourself in a good book. Do it! If switching of your phone and experiencing things first-hand fills you with joy. Do it! Life’s to short to not be doing the things you love.  

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