Meet Our Participants

Our participants work with a Peer Support Worker on a one-to-one basis, can develop practical skills in our Skill Pods, and grow in self confidence and resilience through our workshops. Feedback from those who have gone on this journey with us is that this support is invaluable.

Meet some of our participants who have kindly agreed to share their stories in a bid to help others who may also have experienced common mental health problems, but feel ready to take that first step towards a more positive future. Read on and find out how they felt at the start and where they are now.

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Created on 21 April 2021

Introducing Debbie from Ingatestone...

Debbie had been out of work since June 2019 and despite looking online and applying for jobs she felt quite lost. In September 2019 Debbie heard about HeadsUp and signed up as she felt the support cou...

Created on 21 April 2021

Mel from Southend...

Mel was working full time when she got made redundant in May 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic. She started to claim Universal Credit which was completely new to her and her Job Centre Work Coach suggest...

Created on 21 April 2021

Our participant ‘feels like who she’s meant to be’...

Our participant was with the HeadsUp programme for several months during 2020/21. At the time she enrolled she was at a particularly difficult period in her life experiencing depression and with no fr...

Created on 1 March 2021

Our Participant Debbie...

Before joining HeadsUp Debbie hadn’t worked for 23 years as she had been a stay at home parent. She suffered with Anxiety and OCD and was receiving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through IAPT (Im...

Created on 1 March 2021

Meet David from Colchester...

Before joining HeadsUp David had been looking for volunteering opportunities and was in the process of getting started with a volunteer gardening position. He’d been unemployed for a year and a half a...

Created on 12 October 2020

Introducing Ben...

In his mid-twenties, Ben had been dealing with mental health difficulties for most of his life and in his own words had “never worked”. He had held a couple of voluntary positions, but despite qualifi...

Created on 5 October 2020

Meet Laura from Rochford...

Laura had been out of work for two and a half years and was job searching before joining HeadsUp. She struggled socially and felt anxious about the prospect of finding employment. Her only support at...

Created on 28 September 2020

Suzanne from Rayleigh...

Before Suzanne joined HeadsUp she had been unemployed for two years, she was not looking for work due to her mental health as she suffered with social anxiety and depression. She was also trying to co...

Created on 27 April 2020

Glen shares his experience...

We asked Glen some questions about how he came to find HeadUp and how he's found it so far..... 1: We asked what he was doing when he first signed up to HeadsUp? Glen is in his thirties and was o...

Created on 27 April 2020

Read about Andrew’s amazing journey...

The following is really worth the read as Andrews journey is truly amazing, here is his story. I have been unemployed for many years. In 2001 I was involved in an incident at work which resulted in...

Created on 27 April 2020

Read Emma’s story...

Our participant Emma's story Emma was referred to HeadsUp by her Family Liaison Officer after her son got to school age. Being a full-time single parent, caring for a friend with multiple health co...

Created on 12 June 2019

Meet Jonathon from Colchester...

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Created on 12 June 2019

Introducing Monica from Colchester...

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Created on 12 June 2019

Introducing Alistair from Brentwood...

Updated June 2020 Alastair had left his previous job over three years ago due to stress, experiencing regular anxiety attacks and depression which made him feel isolated he reflected that before jo...