"Hi. I'm Kathryn and I'm from Stockton-on-Tees, although I'm originally from Bolton!
I became aware of Mental Health about 20 years ago when I had a nasty car accident that changed my life. This is probably where my journey with anxiety started, but I didn't know it at the time as it wasn't widely talked about. Since starting my own business in 2014 my anxiety got worse, my stress levels rose and I ended up seeing a counsellor to help me cope. I still struggle with anxiety to this day and find it hard to switch my mind off on an evening. It feels like I'm on a constant rollercoaster ride with highs and lows, but now I have the tools and the people to help me through it.
I got involved in Red Balloons through Leigh, as we used to work together, and am proud to be part of such an amazing team. I'm passionate about helping other people, especially business owners, improve their mental health and not be afraid to say that they're struggling, are stressed, feel overwhelmed or are anxious. They're not alone. My favourite saying is "Its OK not to be OK"."
"Hi I’m Helen and I live in Redcar. I became aware of Red Balloons from having worked with Leigh previously.
Over the years my mental health has been up and down, from having depression following the deaths of my parents, to more recently suffering with crippling health anxiety. I have worked hard to attempt to overcome these struggles through self-care, exercise, journaling my thoughts and feelings and focusing on adopting a positive mindset. I am extremely passionate about supporting and advising people about different coping mechanisms, so that they are able to manage their mental wellness more effectively. I feel there is often a stigma attached to discussing individual mental health struggles and I am keen to play my part in breaking down these barriers to get thoughts and feelings out in the open.
Currently I am contributing to the social media for Red Balloons and shortly I hope to set up a Walk & Talk group in the Redcar area. I am thoroughly enjoying being part of such a fantastic team and I can’t wait to contribute to the growth and vision of Red Balloons in the future."