'Looking okay and feeling OK are two different things' - a blog post by Cristina, HeadStart Ambassador

Cristina, one of our amazing HeadStart Ambassadors, has written a thoughtful blog post to her own blog at www.crissyleigh.com. In the post, she reflects on the ways that people respond to mental health challenges:

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Having an invisible illness is literally one of the most infuriating things to explain. If it can’t be seen then you get some people who try and say :

- You don’t look ill
- You don’t have anything to be anxious about
- You can’t be in that much pain, you’re always running about, laughing and joking
— Cristina, HeadStart Ambassador

Read the full post at https://crissyleigh.com/2017/10/03/looking-okay-and-feeling-okay-are-two-different-things.

Cristina, along with Hannah and Megan, was one of the brilliant compères for the HeadStart Wolverhampton Autumn Conference last Tuesday.

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HeadStart Ambassador Training Update by Cristina

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Hey everyone, 

Our latest training was on the 19th August and for all of us it was one that truly caught all our attention! We spoke to Carol who works with young people helping them find there voice, with interview skills, presenting skills and much more.

These 3 questions really resonated with me as I’d had a rough time recently and I’m not afraid to admit I’d let myself wear the victim t-shirt for too long, but after hearing Paul’s talk to us it made something click and I realised it was about time to change my t-shirt and get up and start to make some positive changes.

The tips and advice Carol shared with us are definitely things I will be putting into place when I do start doing talks as part of my Ambassador role. I'm so nervous when it comes to public speaking just incase I forget my words or just look like a fool. Carol definitely took away some of those nerves reminding us practise makes perfect and it's all about making sure you prepare and just be passionate and confident about what you are talking about. Also no-one apart from you knows what you're going to say so if you mess up just carry on it'll all be okay! 

After this we had a talk from Paul McGee a.k.a The Sumo Guy (Stop, Understand, Move On). He gave us a little insight of why he wrote S.U.M.O and why it's important that we don't live our life on auto pilot. Paul shared with us 3 important questions :

  • How do you get the best out of yourself in the good and bad times? 
  • How do you get the best out of others in the good and bad times? 
  • How do you get the best out of life in the good and bad times? 

These 3 questions really resonated with me as I'd had a rough time recently and I'm not afraid to admit I'd let myself wear the victim t-shirt for too long but after hearing Paul's talk to us it made something click and I realised it was about time to change my t-shirt and get up and start to make some positive changes. 

I can't wait to be sharing some S.U.M.O training with you guys and also sharing experiences and working on moving forward with positive actions! 

Until next time 

Cristina