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Simon's Story

Simons tell us about how after accessing support from our Gosport & Fareham Wellbeing Center, he began volunteering there to give something back.

I'd often passed the front door of Mind in Fareham but lacked the confidence to go in. I don't think I really knew what Mind did and I wasn't sure if I'd even 'count' as a client. 

As soon as I went in I felt welcomed and soon realised my story was a common one. 

Over time I was assessed, given very useful feedback, and offered a range of courses. The people who ran the courses had personal experiences of mental health issues. The people, like me, who came had all struggled to fit in or cope with different symptoms of poor mental health or learn better ways to move forward. I felt at home.

Fortunately, and with Mind's help, my mental health improved to the point that I could move forward.

I left Mind and set up a peer group to focus on poetry as a way to support mental health. And, as soon as I could, I volunteered to work in Mind because I wanted, if at all possible, to put something back. I've been a volunteer for a year and a half and I really enjoy it. I feel valued and supported as a volunteer. I attend meetings for volunteers and I am able to support groups that I enjoy. I've learned a lot as a volunteer and I am continually reminded of the skills of Mind staff but also the courage of people who come to the courses. It helps me to watch my own mental health and to keep learning.

I'm glad I have the opportunity to work as a volunteer and definitely recommend it.

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