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Wendy

Wendy

'I started working here in 2001, at the time we were called Edinburgh Association for Mental Health, we changed our name to Health in Mind a couple of years after that.

It’s interesting because there’s a few faces that have been here even longer than I have. I have had lots of different roles within the organisation. I’ve worked here for so long, but it’s gone by in a flash, because every day has been so different. I became Chief Executive in March 2019.

I have a real belief and passion in people, and I have hope that things can and will be different for people - across the board, people that are using our services that are struggling in life just now, that we can hold hope and support for that person to make changes, and get support, to make life more positive for them.

For our staff, I have so much hope and belief in them, and I want to support them to realise their potential, within their roles, and within their future careers, and for our volunteers too. I have so much admiration for people who give so much of themselves, not only of their time, but of themselves, to support other people.

Since I’ve been in the organisation, I got engaged, I got married, I’ve had my two children. For me as a person, I have developed so much. I’m a different person to the person who started here in 2001.

The way I worked with Gwenn the previous Chief Executive, she was so supportive, and helpful, through all my own ups and downs, it was special. After the birth of my oldest daughter, I was struggling with what it meant to be a Mum, a manager, a colleague, and to try and support other people. I felt like I wasn’t quite doing enough in any of those roles, and the support I had from Gwenn, and my colleagues was amazing, they were patient with me as I found my new place in my life and within the organisation again. To me that is really special, and not all organisations would offer that.

For me, Health in Mind is warmth, it’s hope, it’s working with strengths, it’s resilience. As an organisation we all work really, really hard to make things work, and we’re resilient, to keep working, as with every organisation we have knock-backs, maybe a bit of funding that we are desperate for, that we don’t get. We don’t give up, and we keep going.

Health in Mind has a deep understanding of people.

I think, what’s most important is to have that understanding and patience. It’s about, I think, having an understanding that there’s a road that’s brought somebody to us. They are ready to explore it when they’re ready, but always holding a hope that things can change, and things can look different, because sometimes life experiences make that hard to see, but within Health in Mind we always hold that hope.

Covid-19 has brought with it a lot of change and uncertainty for everyone in our community. As well as some of us experiencing heavy personal loss and challenges, it has been a period of learning and reflection for us. We have been able to adapt our services and continue to support people in new ways.

There is a place within the organisation for all people, and that place will look different whether it’s as a staff member, a volunteer, or somebody who uses our services, but everybody is welcome and although we can’t always support as quickly as we’d like because of the waiting lists, that’s our aim. We’re here for people- with your mental health at heart.’

If you would like to help us be here for people, please make a donation here or email fundraising@health-in-mind.org.uk

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