Hammersmith & Fulham Service Users’ Blog

Blog posts written by members of our network in Hammersmith and Fulham

A Day on an Interview Panel with the HeadsUp Project

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




Being Involved in the HF Mind AGM

Being Involved in the HF Mind AGM

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!

Thank you for your attention.
Mr. Serotonin.


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