Hope St Ambassador
I came across hope street by a chance post asking for speakers to talk about mental health. At that time I was looking for an outlet and way to express the trauma id been through with NHS mental health services. I came to hope street not sure what to expect but was welcomed and told my story and sang. Something switched. This was the way forward. Engaging people with my experience but allowing people to talk about their own seemed key..
It was everything i believed in collective healing, social prescribing and relaxed atmosphere. It challenged everything that id experienced before including CBT and medication.
During lock down we reconnected and i did a talk featuring my dad and two perspective. I was a lot further on talking about my experiences had helped solidify what id gone through it had activated my activism and thirst for change in the system. I started to think what the model of support was outside the system the model for me is clear it was Hope Street. I believe that if we can heal ourselves we can help others heal, and the power of healing together. I takes time and it doesn’t have to be a lonely one.
i think I’m suited to the role of ambassador because we become expert by experience. We can share are experience and listen. I am an advocate of wellbeing and have learned from many different types of practice. As Elvis said people will always think you’re crazy if they don’t understand what you’re talking about. So, it comes down to being in a community of like minds with no judgement and amazing support. The medical model is fraught with problems and Hope St to me is the solution. It’s also in the Ormskirk area where my late mother was on the mental health board so I feel it somehow connected to her legacy that Ormskirk now has a forward approach in its mental health, and I know she’s be proud of what Hope St and I am achieving together