Hi everyone, my name is Jules and I was a volunteer at the Leeds Roadshow on Saturday 4th June and oh wow, what a fantastic day it was!
I was apprehensive at first, as I was unable to attend the training session due to other commitments and so didn't know anyone else there but I needn't have worried - everyone was so welcoming, both the Time to Change team and other volunteers made me feel completely at home and straight away I felt like part of a team and not an outsider.
My wife Kanta and I act as carers to our son Deepan, who was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in 1989. People are not always kind about Deepan or know what to say or do, but I think this is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about mental illness and it is still very hidden.
Last Tuesday, Time To Change held a Lived Experience networking event at London’s RichMix venue; it was an opportunity for Time To Change supporters with lived experiences of mental health issues to come together to share ideas, make contacts and talk about future plans. I sit here, having just arrived home from the event, and the only word I believe truly describes how I feel about the event is…awesome.
I’ve been left with an overwhelming feeling, actually a glow, of admiration and inspiration having been in Harrow last week at the launch of our joint pilot campaign to reach the South Asian community.