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A big Manchester United fan challenging the stigma of mental health.

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“Some people even doubted she was telling the truth when she tried to tell them how she felt.”

I applied for a job at Manchester Mind because of my Mum.

She is Manchester born and bred, and the biggest United fan I know. She famously checked the fixture list to see if United were at home or away on the date of my graduation – they were away so I was spared knowing who she would pick!

She is an incredibly brave woman who has challenged the stigma around mental health. During my childhood my Mum struggled with anxiety and depression. She felt isolated, she felt that no one could help her and that no one understood what she was going through. Some people even doubted she was telling the truth when she tried to tell them how she felt. There were times when she was desperate.

Mum can’t wait to take her seat at Old Trafford, where she makes friends, feels like she belongs, where she sings and shouts and gets swept away. As she often tells me, ‘for 90 minutes, I forget everything else.’

A better understanding of mental health benefits everyone. I am proud to be part of an organisation that strives to listen to people, to hear them and to understand.