The internalisation continues. I ended up having a day off as I broke down with the hurt and sadness inside of me; that is at the core of my depression. I didn't want to take the day off I wanted to shoulder on, to go in.
Ivan Jarunek has been an Involvement Worker with Time to Change's Education Not Discriminationproject for around a year. He tells us about his work with the project, which provides anti-stigma training to medical students, trainee teachers, and senior teaching staff.
Kate takes us with her on the long and colourful journey she's undertaken in the last few years, from her first contact with mental health services, taking charge of her recovery, how writing poetry helped her on her way, through to her experience of organising awareness raising events and how she's found it sitting on her local NHS Trust's Service User Involvement Panel.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why on earth do you bother? You don't even get paid.Ã¢â‚¬Â This is something which has been said to me a lot this past year when I talk about my Activist role, and it has meant that I have actually sat back and considered my motivation, thought about what I think being an Activist can achieve, and equally importantly what it does for me.