Reflections on my day with MIND, interviewing for staff MIND were hiring. Well this might sound a damned boring thing to do but actually I was looking forward to doing it. Life was tough at the time. I was dealing with some incredibly stressful and heavy issues. It was a chance to get away from it in a supported environment and focus in a professional, informal atmosphere and hurray… actually achieve something worthwhile.
I met people I found interesting and absorbing. I enjoyed using my skills again in this way.
The room was hard work, windowless and airless but as the others felt the same way it was easier to endure. I had moments of humour and moments of respect for the candidates. I also felt I was a critical part (not a tick boxing exercise) and I got paid. Lunch was a welcome respite and made the day much more enjoyable and supportive. We chose the best candidates and it was a worthwhile mission. These people were going to be instrumental in making the Borough a safer place whilst saving and enriching lives.
What I did I learn? Well, the warmth in the room, lunch and the company of likeable people made me feel better all round. To my surprise, I got some really encouraging and appreciative feedback from the other interviewers.
It boosted my confidence and made me smile in a very dark week in my life. Sometimes gifts await in surprisingly humdrum places.
Making A Difference Alliance Advisor
Speaking in front of assorted souls at the last Hammersmith and Fulham Mind AGM was both scary and rewarding. I’d been to previous AGMs, but only as a spectator.
Even though we had no microphone and I was using a prepared speech, the feeling of holding an audience’s attention and surviving the intense scrutiny from myriad staring eyes, showed me that a little anxiety can be a liberating thing.
So, I urge other Mental Health Consumers to get involved. You get paid for some of the opportunities, and you will get a sense of connection and achievement!
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