My mental health journey at Good Things Foundation

16 May 2018 | Written by Sarah Cardwell


When I first started my new job at Good Things Foundation in November 2017 within my first day I knew I’d love it. Not only was the room full of passion and creativity, but hard work and support. No one tries to pass the buck and everyone wants the organisation to succeed, in whatever role they play. No-one is simply there for the paycheque.

When I started my role at Good Things Foundation I knew I was suffering from mental health illness, I had lost my mum to cancer and we had also lost both my husbands parents, his mum during heart surgery and his father to cancer. These had all been triggers.

 

 

In September 2016, my best friend took her life after a long battle with depression. It was then that I mentally broke down for almost 6 months.

 

 

In January this year, after 2 months of working for Good Things Foundation, I was diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, previously known as Borderline Personality Disorder.

I was terrified and had to have 3 weeks off work. But my eyes were opened when I was not only offered support, but help and accessibility. I was offered flexible working hours, the option of working from home on set days, but also on days when my anxiety was too difficult to leave the house. The role and hours eventually became too much for me and following an open and honest conversation with our HR team, I was offered reduced hours and a role with fewer responsibilities. They have been so keen to assist with keeping me, but mainly making sure that I can continue with my recovery and put my health first.

Good Things Foundation is a great place to work. All teams are passionate and caring. They work hard to use digital as an enabler so people can have a better life. My particular interest lies within health, specifically in mental health and how digital can make an impact.

Good Things Foundation work with many partner organisations to ensure real impact across the board. Recently I was able to attend Sheffield Flourish in my position at Good Things, but also in my personal capacity in mental health, sharing my insight and helping to improve services. Another example of how Good Things Foundation are making an impact in mental health and social inclusion is our NHS Pathfinder project in Islington, designing new models to support young people with mental health problems. One insight from this pathfinder shows that digital can be used effectively during the gaps in waiting times between referrals and treatments. There’s still a lot to do but projects like this mean that progress can be made in the support that’s available to people... and I know from first-hand that that can make all the difference.

“A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

I am very grateful for the role I now have at Good Things Foundation - not only is it allowing me to concentrate on improving my mental health, but it is helping me. I hope one day that all workplaces will offer the same support that I’ve received with my mental health wellbeing.