By Lauren Bennett
Here at RSVP we have been working very hard over the last few months with the Time to Change (TTC) campaign and we thought it was about time that we properly introduce our TTC champions to everyone.
After applying by email with how they believe they can help support mental health within the workplace, each TTC champion was carefully selected and we would like to introduce you to these champions now.
We have asked each TTC champion to write a short introduction about themselves and why they chose to apply to be part of the team. Please read what they have to say as you never know you might be able to relate to their story yourselves. We have decided to include a lovely photo of each of them to go alongside it too and that way you know who is behind all the lovely emails and events.
I’m Emma Edwards, the HR manager at RSVP. I won’t mention my age but I do have a fair bit of life experience under my belt so….
I used to be able to call myself a musician with singing and the piano being my main passions, however I have decided to knuckle down with a non-performing career over the past few years and aim to make RSVP a more open and happy place for everyone in it.
I’ve suffered with poor mental health over the years and have gone through not being able to eat or get up to episodes of gut-wrenching anxiety where I’ve not been able to release my clutch from railings. I’ve lost loved ones to poor mental health too and been close to breaking myself. These experiences have impressed on me the importance of understanding triggers and danger signs, as well as the courage and strength it takes to get oneself back from the edge.
I’m incredibly proud to be part of the time to change team and am amazed every day by the wonderful people I get to share this with!
Hi! I'm Rachel.
I've been working at RSVP for around 4 years now, spanning every floor and a good selection of the accounts! I was diagnosed with Anxiety and moderate Depression 8 years ago, and at times it has really affected my performance at work.
I've spent the last 8 years really working on myself, and last year I made huge steps thanks to a course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I can currently be found working on the 5th floor, so please feel free to come and grab me if you ever need a chat and a cup of tea with somebody who gets it!
My name is Alexander or Al for short, I am a 23 year old and a singer/dancer/actor, whatever you want me to be! I have worked at RSVP for around a year now. I have decided to join the Time for Change team because both as a performer, and as a muggle, I have struggled severely. Since I was about 17-years-old I struggled with poor mental health and also with anxiety and depression. Ultimately, I lost all of my hair over the course of a few months (which i am now rocking). I really hope to help other people even if it is just a chat. As someone who is extremely happy and positive all the time, I know how hard it can be to have horrible thoughts and feelings of not understanding why it’s happening. I am super excited to be a part of this wonderful group of people!
My name is Lauren and I am 31-years-old. I originally trained in Musical Theatre, however, I then went onto to a more acting-focussed course over in NYC and that seems to be my main focus now. I decided to put myself forward to be part of the TTC champions because I have suffered with various forms of depression over the years and developed my own coping strategies. With that in mind, I thought that it would be nice to share these with all the staff members that I work with at RSVP.
Alongside finding my own ways to deal with mental health, I also found out about NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) training. NLP really does help you understand your own mind and how it operates. I used this alongside my other job that I do; I am a weight loss consultant for Cambridge Weight Plan, which I originally used myself to lose 4 and a half stone. I feel that mental health can affect so many people, whether that stems from eating disorders or anxiety and depression. I am very much looking forward to being part of the TTC team and I want to make sure that all staff know that they are not alone. There is always someone to talk to.
My name’s Kristy and I am an account manager here at RSVP.
I’ve have worked here on and off for 11 years, having started acting at the age of 6 to questionable degrees of success…..
I’ve had various issues with my mental health over the years and have often received help for them. Some of the treatment I’ve received was fantastic while other aspects were severely lacking and seemed to follow a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. These experiences prompted me to start a part time degree in psychology with counselling which I’m now over halfway through. It’s been a wonderful, enlightening and challenging journey and one that I certainly hope will enable me to better help others in the future.
I’m so happy to be part of the TTC team and look forward to all of the work we will be doing at RSVP.
So there you have it, our fabulous TTC Champions Team introduced to you all. Now you know which faces around the office to approach if you are ever looking for someone to talk to, any of these lovely people will be more than happy to help in any way that they can.