I found the idea of community minders fitted into my own ethos that the key to good mental health in our communities needs to be and should be supported directly at community level. I think there needs to be constant reminder to people that we are valued just because we ‘are’ rather than because of the work we do or the wealth we have. The sad reality of the recession is that it created a recession in values and I think community minds is doing something positive to change this.
As a tutor I come into constant contact with many people of all ages making changes in their lives and I hope as a community minder I can at least direct people to get support for their mental health challenges. I also can be found helping to lead a community walk group in Rathangan on a weekly basis which welcomes new people all the time. Walking is a great way to keep active both mentally and physically.