My name is Dawn. My interest in mental health stems from working closely with people in the criminal justice system with mental illnesses and substance abuse. I would describe myself as a people’s person and I enjoy listening to people’s stories, which was my main motivation to train as a counsellor. Previously I taught ESOL I noticed even in that role, learners would often tell me their problems and concerns. I see myself as someone that tries to help and support others wherever possible.
At some point in our lives, any one of us might have (or will) encounter a situation that challenges our mental health, which is why it is so important to speak about it. Although it is still very much a stigma in society, particularly in African and Caribbean communities. I would like to engage others in conversations about mental health in the hope that it might go some way to bringing the subject out in the open.