"My name is Leigh and I’m a Mum and Nana from Stockton. I started running with Claire’s Run and Rant Group in Stockton in November 2018 and was then asked to become more involved with the organisation and to become a Trustee.
I’ve spent around 20 years working with people with Mental Health issues in different Sectors including Welfare to Work, Occupational Health and now with TEWV NHS Trust where I support people accessing Talking Therapies with any work-related issues as a coach, mentor and advocate. I have personal experience of ill mental health – through Post-Natal Depression after my daughter was born and another period of anxiety and depression around 20 years ago. I’ve kept myself well for the last 20 years through self-care and exercise. I also have experience as a Carer. I’m passionate about wellbeing and using exercise to feel better. I’m also passionate about the fact that people with mental health issues should never face any stigma in any shape or form and that people should always know they have someone to turn to who won’t judge, they’ll just care. I am very excited to be part of Red Balloons and I’m looking forward to working with Claire and the amazing Team of Volunteers and Members to build and grow the Organisation."