In 2014, a new member of staff joined Greenfields. At the time, they were in a physically abusive relationship, which led to horrific injuries, resulting in substantial medical treatment, a court case and a serious decline in their mental health. Now, thanks to very supportive colleagues, friends and family, they’re proud to have come out the other side and to be supporting others experiencing mental health issues by becoming a Greenfields Mental Health First Aider:
“When I joined Greenfields, unfortunately, I had been in a domestic violent relationship for a number of years, which had deteriorated and was becoming much more volatile. When I was attacked for the last time, four months after starting with Greenfields, I sustained broken teeth and required cosmetic facial surgery to correct the damage to my mouth. I took legal action against my now ex-partner, which eventually resulted in convictions. All of this took place over several months, and I had to take quite a bit of time off work.
I was sinking into a deep depression and experiencing severe anxiety following the attack. During this time I was still in my probation period at work, and was extremely worried about having time off so soon after starting my new role. Fortunately, I work with amazing colleagues who really supported me throughout this extremely difficult time and made coming into work less daunting. My manager kept in touch whilst I was absent from work, and I felt comfortable to take things at my own pace.
When the opportunity arose to become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) volunteer at Greenfields, I was really keen to get involved and try to help others who may need extra support, just the way I did. The team is available for staff members to talk to about theirs or a loved one’s mental health issues, and offer advice and sign-post them to other services, where relevant.
Having experienced my own difficulties with mental health, I feel I can empathise with people who have their own struggles. Most importantly, no one should go through it on their own. I’m really happy to be part of the MHFA Team and proud that Greenfields are supporting their staff on this level.”
Greenfields is supporting Mind Mid and North East Essex as our Charity of the Year 2018. Mind believes that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, they’ll listen, give you support and advice and fight your corner.”