In this interview on The Logros Show – in association with The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce – Lee Dinsdale talks with Ruth Rosselson from Manchester Mind, Chris Gold from Mental Health Independent Support Team and Becci Martin from Boo Consulting about what can help your mental health and wellbeing during lockdown.
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Advice for young people´s mental health
Lee: I just want to end on advice for younger people listening to the show. Is there anything specifically Becci that you want to share in terms of young people from your view of the world?
Becci: I’d say find your advocates, find your mentors. If you spot somebody that you think gosh they seem to be nailing it and doing really well in life, ask them how they’ve done it because it’s not by accident. People won’t be afraid of sharing and they won’t be offended if you ask as well. I would say grab a mentor – find somebody. If you spot somebody that is doing what you want to do and doing it well go and ask more questions. Don’t be frightened of doing that.
Find a mentor
Lee: What would you say someone should look for in a mentor
Becci: I suppose it’s a tricky one because we all have something different don’t we? I think if somebody is achieving something or role modelling something that attracts you and you don’t quite know why it attracts; you can’t quite pin it down don’t worry too much about that. If you’re drawn to and think they’re great and can’t quite figure out why, just go and inquire a little bit more. Go and find out more, you don’t have to overthink it. If somebody’s doing a great job or cheerleading people on in a way that just makes you happy and makes you want to go towards them, then go towards them.
Chris: I think really it would be not to overthink things. If you are struggling with anything whatever it may be don’t just leave it – actually go and talk to somebody because so many people are actually willing to help and so many people will actually share similar circumstances. We’re all in the same boat at the moment. Lots of young people who may be at school, college or university are struggling with their studies because they’re now working online and they’re unsure about their futures. We are actually all in it together so make sure you talk to people. Make sure that if something in particular is bothering you that you open up to somebody who you can actually share that with. I think the mentor idea is fantastic. I think having a mentor or talking to somebody that you feel that you trust that is confidential and will actually listen and not judge what you say is absolutely fantastic and absolutely key