"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"."
"Hello my name is Dizzy, I am a student in my second year studying Psychology with clinical skills at Teesside University. I love the outdoors and exercising, it’s where I feel most comfortable and I love the challanges involved. Walking, climbing and trail running is what I love participating in. I have completed numerous personal challenges including..... 6 half marathons , 4 marathons and an ultra marathon. I am a firm believer that exercise plays a huge part in improving mental health and it certainly has helped me dealing with mental health issues. I want to be supportive, help others who are going through difficult times and help provide a positive experience for others who may be struggling at this time in their life. I have had some really difficult periods in my life where I have also struggled with mental health but with the help support and guidance provided by friends, family and support groups I am now dealing with issues a lot better. I’ve been diagnosed with EUPD and am waiting an assessment for ASD , I have also have struggles with alcoholism. I'm excited to be a part of Red Balloons and grateful at being given the chance to act as a support to others in the area in the pursuit of recovery and stability."
"Hi, I'm Kylie, I'm 34 years old, married and have 2 beautiful children and 1 fur baby. I've always struggled with anxiety but since the beginning of the pandemic it magnified how bad my OCD was. It took a long to admit to my husband and family how much I was struggling but once I finally took that step of reaching out and asking for help, it was the best thing I could of done and I know that I don't have to do this on my own. I'm so excited to be volunteering for Red Balloons as it's such an amazing charity. I love talking to and helping others as its so important for us to be open about mental health and not struggling in silence."
“My name is Emma and I am a married mum of 2 boys. I am currently working on my level 2 in counselling and hope to progress to level 3 and further to a degree. I enjoy walking and helping people and am a good listener. Although new to Red Balloons I am pleased to become a volunteer, watching it grow and helping people. I have experience and would like to help people in similar situations as family members or friends to those in addiction or recovery as well as other mental health issues. I am happy to walk, listen and chat when you are ready 😊 Thanks Emma “