Joanne’s story:

Joanne (not real name) had tried to complete the ‘Ready Steady Life’ course on previous occasions but due to her physical health problem, unfortunately, this led to her becoming very depressed and isolated. The York Mind mentoring team had continued supporting Joanne with regular contact and eventually she felt ready to try and complete the course, despite experiencing painful physical symptoms which we making her feel depressed. She said the structure and routine of the course helped her motivation, combined with the flexibility that it allowed if she needed to take a break.

Joanne’s determination to succeed and overcome her barriers to learning paid off and she successfully gained an accredited qualification. She said about the course; ‘I learnt how to focus more on what I wish to achieve’.

Furthermore, Joanne completed her four week volunteer placement at the Mind Charity shop and the Manager was so impressed with her commitment, she was taken on permanently as a volunteer. Joanne has now decided she is well enough to apply for paid part time work and is looking to live independently in her own flat.

The York Mind Young People’s Project offers confidential and focused practical mentoring support to local young people experiencing mental and emotional distress.  Although this project is now dependent on successful continuation funding from Comic Relief, the project has become well established and is a highly needed service within York and the surrounding area.