I’m a mental health peer practitioner, which is a mental health practitioner with a lived experience of mental ill health. I use my lived experience as part of my qualification to help people with their recovery. 

 

At the time of experiencing mental ill health I didn’t reach out for help, which probably made recovery a bit more difficult. Although I learned a lot with the process of getting myself back to a better place again. Focussing on looking forward, with my recovery and the kind of person I wanted to be. 

 

I was in a pretty deep hole, but once I felt a lot better about myself, I made some significant changes. I changed careers and went back to study. I thought it would be a pretty cool thing to go and help others do the same thing.

 

As a peer practitioner I have learned that there are so many different things that can happen with people, that can make them feel unwell. Recovery is such a fluid thing; there’s nothing set in stone, and there’s a lot of trial and error. It can be taxing sometimes, but it is a really rewarding thing to do. People can achieve some pretty amazing things given their circumstances as well, which is not only an eye opener, it’s inspirational as well.

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