This is my best friend Amelia!
L: Hi Amelia! How are you today?
A: I’m good thank you, having a nice relaxing Saturday.
L: That’s great, what do you normally enjoy to do on weekends?
A: I like to spend time in my favourite cafes or sit by the harbour with a good book. I also like to spend time with friends. Sometimes I end up working because there aren’t enough hours in the week.
L: What job do you do?
A: My main role is working in the NHS supporting service improvements but I also work for a charity which ensures mental health services users and carers are involved in treatment design, implementation and monitoring.
L: Wow that’s amazing. Why do yo do what you do?
A: I’ve seen so many people struggle to get access to adequate mental health services so this is doing my bit to try and help. It is also something I’m really passionate about, and one day I would like to see parity of esteem between physical and mental health become a reality.
L: That is the dream for me too! Why don’t you tell everyone a bit about how we met!
A: We met in Lourdes didn’t we? We met whilst volunteering with the sick in France as part of the Welsh National Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Louise was in my team, her brother Chris was our leader! That was 6 years ago!
L: I can’t believe it has been 6 years. What is your favourite animal?
A: I can’t pick one, can I give you a list?
L: Go on then!
A: Dogs, cats, elephants, baby seals and Pygmy goats.. actually just goats in general.
L: I’m not surprised dogs are at the start of the list when Harvey and Junior are cwtched up asleep in front of you!
A: They are far too cute for their own good!
L: I know! What is your favourite quote?
A: “Stop seeking approval for what you have built, from those who didn’t help you build it” – so say as a team you worked on something, as long as the team is happy and it works for people, there is no need to seek approval from other people.
L: I love that quote, you are so right. I know like me, you are a big fan of self-care in improving mental health, what is your favourite thing to do to self soothe?
A: Make a pillow fort and watch Netflix with a cup of tea and some of my favourite snacks, or go for a walk.
L: Both sound lovely, I can tell why you choose them as your favourites. How excited are you to see the finished Mindful Millie?!
A: So excited!!!! As soon as Louise told me about it, I was so excited, I think it is such a lovely idea, and something that is much needed.
L: Thanks Amelia! It’s been great to chat.