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Jenny’s Story: Training to be a counsellor

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I first started working for National Mind in 2009. I managed the communications for the Time to Change programme, working to tackle the stigma around mental health. I also volunteered as a peer support facilitator in London, and absolutely loved weekly meet-ups with others experiencing mental health problems. Since then, Mind and now Manchester Mind have been charities that will always stay very close to my heart.

On moving to Manchester, I approached Manchester Mind and became a peer support facilitator in 2022. I am now also a student counsellor, working in a placement and studying to become a professional counsellor. I provide counselling services under supportive and caring supervision. Working for Manchester Mind is enjoyable, and I feel fully supported. There are opportunities to reflect on my work, and there is always someone available if I need to talk.

In the past, I’ve struggled with my own mental health, and this has led me to become passionate about working and supporting others. Volunteering has given me a chance to feel like part of a lovely, warm community in some ways, and provides support which allows me to manage my mental health. I feel inspired and proud of the people who talk to me. Seeing progress, change, and growth is what makes me want to be a counsellor.

I feel very proud to be part of Manchester Mind.


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