In recognition of Mental Health Month, EPIC has released a mental health blog series highlighting the stories of members in our EPIC community who have a lived experience of mental illness.
By reading these different stories about various mental health journeys we hope to demonstrate that mental health can affect anyone at any stage of life. Mental health isn’t something you should be ashamed of and there is no one right way to access support.
We have already shared a range of different stories and experiences. Rebecca’s story discussed what it is like to live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and work as a paramedic. Michael shared his experience finding work after his OCD diagnosis. Rachel opened about what it is like to live with bipolar II disorder and Willow shared what mental health means to her.
Next up we have a Q and A style blog with EPIC job seeker Darian who candidly shares what it is like to be an EPIC participant whilst living with a mental health condition.
“Your mental health is safe with EPIC” – Darian
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your mental health journey?
A: My mental health issues were brought about through trauma. It has changed my outlook on life. It has made me more empathetic and compassionate and aware of fragility. Imagine the worst breakup you have been through and repeat it over and over. That’s my experience.
Q: What does mental health mean to you?
A: It’s a state of resilience that means “you’re up for the challenge”.
Q: Why did you come to EPIC?
It was the name that originally caught my attention. EPIC is what you want to be, and it encapsulates the experience of the good and bad.
Q: How has EPIC assisted you with your mental health journey?
A: Really good support, EPIC just steps up and offers the support without having to ask. You don’t get thrown in the deep end.
Q: What are you looking forward to in your future?
A: I can remember a time when I didn’t see a future and now I can.
Q: What would you say to someone else who is thinking of connecting with a service like EPIC?
A: Your mental health is safe with EPIC, so it’s a good idea. Give it a go.
If like Darian, you are looking for extra support finding employment contact EPIC today. We understand that looking for employment can be stressful, particularly if you already have a mental health condition.
Our Mental Health Consultants have expertise in mental health therapeutic approaches and employment services. They are experienced in developing practical skills and strategies in improving mental health that can be implemented in the workplace. Our Mental Health Consultants are here to support you and will tailor their approach to your unique needs.
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